Pinnick: Why I Was In Wembley

By James Agberebi:

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has given reasons why he was in London with Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, on Sunday.

According to, Pinnick revealed that they were in London for a number of meetings with prospective sponsors of Nigeria football.

“We have a number of meetings with some groups who have indicated interest in Nigeria football,” Pinnick explained.
“It is my responsibility to expatiate on the direction that we want to take Nigeria football, and Oliseh is our Head Coach now and they needed to listen to his own development plans as well.

“The meetings we have had so far have been positive, and we expect great results. Ideally, it is not every move we make, or every plan we have, that we throw out there into the public.”

Pinnick went on to congratulate the U-23 Eagles for qualifying for the African Championship in Senegal.

“We are excited by the team’s qualification for the African U-23 Championship. But we have to keep a level head as there is still a lot of work to ensure quality preparation for the Championship in order for the team to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.”

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He went on to praise the Super Falcons despite losing out in the race for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“The truth is, I actually wanted to travel with the Falcons, if not for the meeting in the UK. I had developed a special bond with the team from the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The NFF is proud of the team’s glorious achievements over the years.

“They came so close to securing the ticket to the final round of qualifiers, but nearly kills no bird. The lesson we have taken from there is that we must now fast –track our development plans for the women’s game in our country.”

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