Pinnick Speaks On His Third Term Ambition For NFF Presidency

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has restated his resolve not to seek a third term in charge of the country’s football when his current tenure expires in two years time.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, the Delta-born football administrator said he made that decision before he won his second term mandate in Katsina in 2018.

“No way! I made my decision even before earning the second mandate on 20th September 2018. I will not be running for the NFF Presidency again.

“I want to thank the Members of the Congress, my colleagues on the Executive Committee, Management and Staff, and stakeholders of the game for their support. I will be stepping off in 2022 to give another person the opportunity to lead Nigeria Football. That is the truth,” observed Pinnick who is a CAF executive committee member.

On his decision to shelve the idea of contesting the CAF presidency for a seat in the FIFA Council, Pinnick said it was the result of his wide consultations before embarking on the journey.

Pinnick however hinted that he may still take a shot at the topmost position in African football in the future.

He also revealed that Nigeria is throwing her weight behind the candidature of South African billionaire, Dr Patrice Motsepe, to take over from Ahmad who has been slammed with five years ban by FIFA for various infractions that bothers on ethics violations.

Pinnick insisted that the lessons his board and Super Eagles players and coaches have learnt from the poor outings against Sierra Leone in the back-to-back fixtures in the AFCON 2022 qualifiers is never to take any country for granted in African football.

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As Pinnick celebrates his 50th birthday today, he praised God for the milestones he has achieved so far.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

Efe Bridget is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.