Amaju Pinnick: Running for CAF presidency not impossible

NFF boss Amaju Melvin Pinnick has spoken about his ambition to run for the CAF presidency position.

During an interview on Lagos Talks 91.3, the presenters of the Sports Zone show asked if he’s likely to run for the top position at the Confederation of African football.
Pinnick being the witty fellow that he is replied: “It is not impossible”.

The former senior vice president emphasized that he is a “prayerfully adventurous human being”.
But he will need to consult his family and other necessary people before he decides to contest.

Amaju Pinnick is not a stranger to CAF politics himself.

Many believe that he played a key role in the emergence of Ahmad Ahmad as president of the organisation (CAF).

Although the NFF chief says he is not desperate and will be willing to support another candidate if need be.

When asked why the Beach Soccer team were left out of the NFF relief fund list.
Amaju Pinnick said the allocation made to the Senior National team would cater for them.
He also played down reports that the Beach soccer team would be disbanded. Albeit he
“We don’t want to be going for Beach Soccer World cup and be trounced 9-0, you know.
“We need to be very very serious, a lot more serious as a nation towards Beach Soccer.
“For example develop the Beach Soccer league in Nigeria and make it very very strong so when we’re going for (competitions), it’s not just going to participate and incurring a lot of debt. owing this, owing that, No.
“We need to solidify the base, which is coming out with a very very strong league in Nigeria”. Amaju Pinnick said.

“We are not disbanding (the Beach Soccer team), we might suspend our participation at international level, a committee is looking into it.”

The NFF boss said the federation have to look at their “priorities”.
“What are our priorities? Qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup, winning the Nations Cup (AFCON) by God’s grace those are our priorities.
“Then the Super Falcons, qualifying them for the World Cup and also winning the Nations Cup (AWCON). Those are the two main priorities.”

On the Rivers-Enyimba PPG saga

Pinnick says he has directed the LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko to organise a virtual meeting between Rivers United, LMC officials, and himself as they hope to find a resolution to the issue.

Questions were also thrown at him regarding which faction(s) of the supporters club were recognized. And how they were going to split the relief package.

Pinnick’s response: “All the supporters club in Nigeria are recognized, you’re a member of the supporters club, I’m a member of the supporters club, everybody is recognized.
“We’re not going to sensationalize that issue, no we’re not going to do that.
“We respect the leadership, I’ve enormous respect for my brother and friend Rafiu Ladipo, same for all of them (the other factions).
“But one thing that we also want to do before i leave as president of NFF is to get them together back as one strong indivisible unit”.

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