Abuja - President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has
admitted there's still a lot to do for Nigerian football, but says they are
making progress, one year after taking office.
On Wednesday, in a statement to mark the one year of the
administration and to look forward to the next one year, Pinnick gave the Board
a pat on the back, and stated that the unity within the group and general body
language assure him that everyone is ready for the enormous work ahead, as well
as foreseeable and unforeseen challenges.
“As you rightly note, there is a lot of work ahead. I am not happy
with the decline of the Super Falcons and we are putting heads together for an
all –encompassing solution to women’s football, not just the Falcons. But apart
from that, I believe we have done well in pursuing our vision.
“Our capacity –building programs have had immediate impact in the
League, which everyone is now talking about, and only on Tuesday, we did public
presentation of our youth development policy.”
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Pinnick is however delighted by the triumphs of the Falcons and
the U-20 boys (at the 2014 African Women Championship and 2015 African Youth
Championship), continued progress of the U-23 team in the race to 2016 Olympics
and the qualification of the Golden Eaglets for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. But he
insisted that the focus has not only been on the field of play.
“We have been busy putting blocks in place for the building of a
structure. Structure is important because this is what will outlive everyone.
Once you have a structure, everything becomes almost automatic. Only monitoring
and diligence will be required.
“The other big challenge is funding, and that is why we have been
all over seeking the support of corporate organizations to buy into our
Pinnick believes that within the next one year, the work on
building of a structure will be greatly advanced.
“On the field of play, we will give all necessary support to the
Super Eagles’ crew to qualify the team for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and
start strongly in the race to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We will give support to
the home-based professionals to win the African Nations Championship.
“Also, we are determined that the U-23 boys qualify for and do the
nation proud at the Olympics, while we entrench our development plan for women’s
football and pursue doggedly our youth development program. Not forgetting the
defence of the U-17 World Cup, which the Eaglets are set for next month.”