Abuja - NFF President Amaju Pinnick has reiterated that the
country’s football group is one big family, following Wednesday’s meeting with
the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and a group led by Ambassador
Pinnick also commended moves by the Minister to solidify the
unity of the football family, and called on every member of the family to work
assiduously in support of the present NFF administration to take the nation’s
football to new heights.
“We want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the Honourable
Minister, the Permanent Secretary and the Director General for their wonderful
efforts in trying to solidify the unity among the football family.
“Wednesday’s meeting was another of such efforts and we
praise the attitude of the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Director General
all through the meeting.
“The NFF wishes to reiterate that we remain focused as ever
on the several programs that we have this year. On Friday, the Super Eagles
have an important match against Tunisia at the African Nations Championship.
“In two months, we have a crucial double –header against
Egypt in the race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.”
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Pinnick appealed to persons in the football family with one
grouse or the other to elevate national interest above personal aspiration, and
to eschew bickering, as crisis was responsible for the failure of the Super
Eagles to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations held in Equatorial Guinea.
“We are calling on everyone to work with the present
administration to consolidate on the glorious run of the various National Teams.
This is a very, very important year for Nigeria football: the Super Eagles will
conclude the qualification series for the 2017 Cup of Nations and start the
qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There is the Olympics
football tournament in Rio. We also have age-grade women World Cup competitions
and the African Women Championship, and qualifying campaigns for the U-20 and
“The NFF is happy that the whole family remains united and
committed to the attainment of more successes.”
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