—NFF Boss Explains Why Falcons Can't Get Foreign Coach
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick is confident that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
The qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations (to be hosted by Gabon) will be concluded in September 2016, while the qualifiers for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup begin in October 2016.
Pinnick spoke on Channels Television programme, ‘Sports This Morning,’ on Thursday, where he also explained that the poor state of the economy hit hard at the company that was willing to pick the bills of the proposed expatriate coach for the Super Falcons, thereby stopping the move.
“I make bold to say that year 2016 will be even better than 2015," Pinnick said. "We are looking to see the Eagles B win the African Nations Championship, the Super Eagles qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and starting the race to Russia 2018 on a sound footing, and also planning for the women teams to excel at their various international championships.”
On the issue of the FC Taraba players’ sleep strike outside the State Government House to protest unpaid salaries and allowances, Pinnick said it was highly unfortunate but that the League Management Company is on top of the situation.
“I also want to add that going forward, the best option will be for us to have Clubs that are independent of government control; Clubs that are owned by communities and individuals. We will inter-face with the Governors’ Forum to kick-start this process.
“We know it will not happen in a month or two, or even in a year. But our objective is to have Clubs that are properly run, and stadia that are so friendly that whole families can go and watch football matches without any anxiety.”