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Pinnick: Why Nigerian Clubs Are Struggling In Africa

Pinnick: Why Nigerian Clubs Are Struggling In Africa

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
The President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has posited that Nigerian clubs will continue to struggle in African club competitions if their present structure is not overhauled, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

He said the solution to Nigerian clubs doing well in the continental championships is for them to be independent of government and build  structure and tradition that will take the clubs to the next level.


Of the four Nigeria Professional Football League clubs that started this year’s CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, only Enyimba made it to the group stages of the latter.

“I have said it openly that when we get re-elected by the grace of God, the first thing I will do is to ensure that all the clubs are independent of government and run like true professional club like it is done in Europe and North Africa,” Pinnick told CSN in Abuja.


“Nigerian clubs will continue to struggle because they don’t have the structures and traditions of the Arab teams they are competing with on the continent. Enyimba is the only team that has the semblance of a professional side with history and tradition.

“Again, we need to educate our football administrators, because they are our number one problem. They are dependent on government appropriations. They don’t know that if they run the clubs properly and independently, they would have more money for themselves and their families.

“We have tried it for the past 20 years and it did not work. People should come together and take over the running of clubs and give them good structures and tradition to challenge like in the days of old.”

He urged Enyimba, Nigeria’s surviving team in CAF club competitions, to raise their game and ensure that they win the Confederation Cup to appease Nigerians who are unhappy over the crashing of Plateau United, MFM and Akwa United.

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  • Good one sir

  • He and his NFF should lead this action by independently running the NFF without govt funds b4 blaming the clubsides.

  • To me it’s pure hypocrisy, the kettle calling the pot black. Where would the SE be without govt funds. Granted his suggestion is a noble one, but leaders lead by examples

  • Until wen foreign exchange  low.if not best player wil go benin Togo  morrcco  Tunisia  Egypt Belgium  italy  franc  Germany  swede  holland  spain  Russia  Ukraine 

  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    Well said President but you have a part to play so shoot

  • Clem de moon 4 years ago

    You are right. I wish something can be done urgently.

  • Prince 4 years ago

    Some of us talk so harsh and with not detailed justification !!

    Amaju Pinnick made a valid point that should be properly considered and should be put into effective planning by our clubsides to become more independent and successful.

    But I just wonder why some comments here are tagging him as “a kernel calling pot black” and saying his suggestions are hypocritical 

    Barca or Real Madrid doesn’t depend on the Spanish govt for funds to run their clubs because they are private own businesses….but the Spanish soccer team need govt funds to operate because that team is formed to SOLEY represent the COUNTRY!
    Zamalek or Ahly are private owned…The Pharoahs should be more of a govt responsibility.
    AC Milan, Juve or Roma are private owned and should be run without any financial help from the Italian govt but the Italian national soccer team will require govt funds to operate Because that national team is not privately owned !!!

     The very same goes to our various domestic clubsides and that’s what the NFF president is putting across here.

    SE represents Nigeria so it should get govt support. 

    Clubsides can get supports from the govt of their repetitive nations most especially when they are representing their nation in a particular competition BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY MUST SOLEY DEPEND ON THE GOVT FOR FUNDS TO RUN THEIR CLUBS!!

    And come to think of it…this same NFF have secured some good sponsorship deals for the national sides recently 

    Who said Pinnick is not leading by example ?!!!

    Haba Nigerians !!!!!