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Nigeria Football Deserves Far More Than Another Customary Apology

When Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 AFCON under the watch of the “fantastically corrupt” Amaju Pinnick, the NFF quickly put out a formal apology to Nigerians and the Nigerian Government.

It was the same public apology when the Super Eagles did not make it to the 2017 AFCON, still under Pinnick.

There was yet another customary apology when the team crashed out prematurely from the recent AFCON in Cameroon.

And as expected, it was yet another ‘We are very sorry’ press statement.

We say HERE AND NOW that this latest instalment of apology is not accepted and the more honourable thing is for Pinnick and his gang at the NFF should resign their positions without any further delays.

Their selfishness, greed and incompetence have now caused over 200 million Nigerians to watch the 2022 World Cup on television when the tournament gets underway in November in Qatar.

The Federal Government of Nigeria have given this NFF under Pinnick the biggest financial support ever, but what have Nigerians got in return?


This is therefore the time to clean the Augean Stable, break away from mediocrity and personal ego trips.

Nigeria Football, which once brought this proud country so much joy, deserves a complete overhaul right from the grassroots.

Sports Minister Sunday Dare has promised taking “tough steps to redirect the development” of the national game and making “the necessary changes”.

Is he sincere? Is he not in bed with Pinnick and his motley gang? Can he walk the talk?

Nigerians will soon find these answers at a time their beloved sport is dead.

For the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission  (ICPC),  it’s time for the agency to take the bull by the horns and proceed to charge these corrupt elements to court so that our dear sport can breathe.

Chairman, ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN), your revered reputation and public perception as the anti-corruption Czar is at stake on the NFF case file, which has been on your table for about  four years now.

It must be emphasised that Nigerians are not happy with the way and manner Pinnick and co. ran aground the country’s most beloved sport and history will not be kind to anyone enabling these corrupt people continue to perpetrate more atrocities and miseries on our football.

Similarly, the judiciary should be courageous enough to dispense with the cases involving the NFF judicially and judiciously no matter the circumstances.


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