In The Last Days Of Amaju Pinnick…
These are most certainly the last days of Amaju Pinnick as NFF President.
It has to be when your perceived main adversary, Sports Minister Sunday Dare, who your hired hands dismissed as “incompetent”, is now the man being praised to the high heavens for Nigeria’s best ever Commonwealth Games outing since 1950 that a national TV anchor begged for a public holiday to celebrate the heroes and heroines of Birmingham 2022.
And just this Wednesday, eight clubs said enough of the nonsense that has been going on in Nigeria Football under Pinnick when they stayed away from the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup in protest over the arbitrary decision to hand pick Kwara United to represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup.
This has left the proudest and longest running football competition in the country in tatters.
Now who will be the sponsor who will come forward to be associated with such a competition, which the previous year almost suffered a similar fate, but somehow the eventual cup winners Bayelsa United went on to represent Nigeria in the Confederation Cup.
Could it be because Bayelsa United are from an oil-rich state?
Most probably another case of the highest bidder gets the big prize?
This latest scandal is coming after the drama orchestrated by no other person than Pinnick surrounding the Super Falcons and the 2022 WAFCON in Morocco.
Pinnick’s calculation was that after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, he could use the Super Falcons to still launch his crazed ambition to continue to reign over Nigeria Football like a hated despot who continues to soldier on against the wishes and goodwill of the people.
It is now left to be seen if the powerful Northern Caucus will see through a decision not to support Pinnick come the next NFF Elections.
The North has the numbers as well as several credible aspirants to finally put a halt to the nonsense that has been Pinnick’s reign as Emperor of the NFF these past nasty eight years.
The bloated ego of The Emperor and his loyalists like Bukola Olapade has caused them to be blinded to many stark realities.
Hired and benefitted loyalists wax lyrical that sponsors will take flight in the absence of The Emperor.
Others in the King’s court are saying it for some time now so that they also believe it that there are no worthy challengers to The Emperor.
Arrant nonsense after arrant nonsense!!
Who do you want to believe that Nigeria Football has progressed under the watch of Pinnick?
The failures on the pitch in the last eight years are already well documented.
In the boardroom, we now have an NFF celebrating a $1 Million Nike sponsorship money that The Emperor has since ordered no one goes near it.
But do we recall that between 2008 and 2014 the NFF were paid 950,000 Euros a year for the same commercial property by adidas without fail?
You can only believe your own lies, but Pinnick and his praise singers know The Truth – their Main Man has messed up big time and Nigeria Football has had enough of all the nonsense.