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NFF denies impeachment report

22 July 2016, 15:37

Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation has described as no more than tales by moonlight, a report in an African football website that NFF President Amaju Pinnick came close to being impeached at the board’s meeting on Wednesday.

According to African Football, Wednesday’s executive committee meeting in Abuja was so stormy that at the height of the disagreement,  board members threatened to impeach Pinnick after they demanded to know the full details of the sponsorship deal he secured to cover the contract of a foreign coach.

Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande said: “The NFF has never taken up issue with anyone or any organization for criticizing its work or disagreeing with its policies and decisions. However, outright fabrication of what someone expected or assumed to have transpired at a meeting or forum is unprofessional and condemnable.

Also read: NFF issues 7-day ultimatum for Paul Le Guen’s replacement

“At no time during the meeting did any member mention the word ‘impeachment.’

“At all times, we welcome criticisms, because we don’t know it all and we have never pretended to do so. The communiqué was clear on what matters were deliberated upon at the meeting. We had earlier explained what transpired with regards to the Paul Le Guen issue. He was recommended but we failed to agree terms; it happens every now and again all over the world. You want to employ someone but you fail to reach agreement on terms and conditions of service and the deal is off.”

Yahaya-Kwande appealed to football –loving Nigerians to exercise a little more patience for the Board to hire a Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles. “The Board has given the the Technical and Development Committee a few more days to recommend another person who is highly –qualified and ready to willing to live in Nigeria, and who is ready to work with our indigenous coaches to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“On the NFF board, we take decisions together. President Pinnick is not a lone ranger. The board remains united than ever.”

News24 reported that the NFF goofed after announcing Paul Le Guen the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, only for the Frenchman to reject the job.

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