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NFF claims Pinnick in London for meetings not for Arsenal game

03 August 2015, 13:03

Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has sought to do some damage control after pictures emerged of the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, in London over the weekend watching the Arsenal versus Chelsea Community Shield game, when two Nigerian national teams - the Super Falcons and the Dream Team - were involved in crucial Olympic Games qualifiers.

In a statement on its website, the Glass House claims Pinnick and Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh are in the United Kingdom 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. 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 was quoted.

Also read: NFF talks up Dream Team, Super Falcons ahead tough ties

According to the statement, 'a number of the meetings took place over the weekend, with more scheduled for early this week, and Pinnick will also be involved in sessions related to global football politics, with events heating up ahead of FIFA’s presidential election early next year'.

“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," Pinnick was quoted further.

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