Reactions as Pinnick ditches third-term ambition

The reactions followed the decision of the president of the Football Federation of Nigeria, the decision of Amaju Pinnick not to run for a third term, the punch reports.

Pinnick, during an interview on Arise TV on Monday, said he would not run for a third term, despite pleas from associates persuading him to continue in office.

His second term will expire on September 20, having first taken office in 2014.

“Third term? No, no, Pinnick replied when asked if he would compete again.

“I am fine and I tell you there are so many Nigerians capable of leading Nigerian football.

“I will help and work with whoever emerges as the new NFF President and that is my promise. I will step in, but I will never step in.

Speaking to The PUNCH, former Super Eagles assistant coach Emmanuel Amuneke believes FIFA Council member Pinnick has done well and will be remembered for his work with Nigerian football.

“There have been discussions about whether or not he will run, but if he says outright that he will not run for a third term, so be it,” Amuneke told The PUNCH.

“Other capable hands are there to take Nigerian football forward. He played his part and history will remember him for what he did anyway, that’s life.

Two-time Africa Cup of Nations bronze medalist Ifeanyi Udeze also praised Pinnick for his decision not to seek a third term.

“Honestly, for me, he did the right thing by making it clear that he would not seek a third term,” said Udeze, who was part of Nigeria’s squad at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan. .

“But we need someone credible to succeed him and not just anyone who will set our football back. First, the congress must be held for this process to continue.

On whether an ex-international should compete for the job, Udeze added: “We need a well-grounded ex-player who can challenge and win, not just take part in the poll.”

A former senator who represented Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, also urged former internationals to step down and stand in the next elections.

“The NFF Election is back. Former Nigeria internationals are expected to step forward and take over the administration of football. Emulate Samuel Eto and Didier Drogba. Where are Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Daniel Amokachi, Segun Odegbami and Tijani Babangida?

Meanwhile, the NFF has postponed its annual general meeting scheduled for August 16 in Yenegoa to August 18 in Lagos, according to its first vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also president of the Lagos State Football Association.

Akinwunmi, who spoke via a short video clip, which was made available to our correspondent, said that following an ultimatum from football stakeholders, the national football body was forced to convene the AGM before the Election Congress next month.

“In light of all that has happened lately in the field of Nigerian football, I have decided to send a short message of assurance and give my personal position on this matter. As you all know , there has been a dark cloud of uncertainty surrounding the administration of our football over the past few months.

“We have a situation where the issue of a court injunction has affected our administration of football. This time it is an interim injunction granted in December 2021 in an action brought in the Yenagoa Division of the Federal High Court, which prevented the NFF from convening its annual general meeting for more than seven months. .

“Secondly, many NFF Congressmen have over the past few months given the Executive Committee an ultimatum to call the AGM within a specified time.

“In line with the views of members of the football fraternity expressed in various forums, many members of the NFF Congress have demanded that the Executive Committee ensure that the 2022 NFF Elections take place in September 2022 for the duration of electoral life of the current Executive Committee The plaintiff in a lawsuit in Bayelsa State and beneficiary of the interim injunction lost his rights to the injunction and requested the discontinuance of the charges.

“In full alignment and agreement with the above, I am aware that the NFF Statutes are the supreme law for the administration of football in Nigeria, subject of course to any conflict with the laws of Nigeria. Under the Statute of the NFF, the Annual General Meeting as presently constituted is the supreme legislative body of the NFF.

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