What Does Pinnick Plan To Do With Nike Sponsorship Cash Of $1 Million?
Tongues are now wagging about what NFF President Amaju Pinnick plans to do with the over $1 Million sponsorship fee received from Nike in June after he handed a strict order to the NFF secretariat not to touch it.
With the Super Eagles out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the NFF do not have a major tournament to prosecute in the foreseeable future.
And besides this fact, the football federation have also received some good money this year –
BETWEEN DECEMBER 2021 TO MAY 2022 – 750 Million Naira and 930 Million Naira for 2021 AFCON
JANUARY – FIFA ASSISTED PROGRAMME (FAP) – $500,000
JUNE – FIFA ASSISTED PROGRAMME (FAP) – $500,000
JULY – Aiteo Group – 150 Million Naira
These incomings do not also include other monies from other sponsors of the NFF.
Prior to the Super Eagles ouster from the World Cup in March 2022, allegations were rife that Pinnick planned to ensure the September NFF Elections were shifted to 2023 on the assumption that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup.
The argument was that NFF Elections in September would be a huge distraction for the Super Eagles preparations for the World Cup in November.
However, some top officials also revealed that the thinking behind shifting the polls was first to pocket the financial windfall of over $12 Million that World Cup qualification will guarantee and part of which will be diverted to the NFF Elections in 2023.
Most of the Millions of Dollars Nigeria won at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups were scandously diverted to private pockets.
The second part of this plot was that in the New Year, the FGN will be so pre-occupied with General Elections and so have little or no time to influence the outcome of the NFF Elections in 2023.
Unfortunately though, the whole game plan crashed with the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup.
It is a known fact that vote-buying won Pinnick the NFF Presidency in both 2014 and 2018.
A vote went for between $10,000 and $15,000 for the two NFF Elections.
Inflation and a very strong opposition against a third term in office for Pinnick will most likely raise the price of a vote for the forthcoming NFF Elections.
And the question now is – where will the cash come from this time?