South-South delegates tell Pinnick to Drop second term ambition

The re-election bid of the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick may have suffered a major impediment if the declaration of some South-South FA chairmen is anything to go by.

Even before the Super Eagles went on that journey to Russia, Pinnick had purportedly started the lobbying of delegates ahead of the September election of the NFF President in Katsina.

But things are taking a different dimension with the exit of the Super Eagles from the FIFA 2018 World Cup, with the greater part of the delegates now distancing themselves from Pinnick’s re-election bid.

Two FA chairmen, who spoke with The Guardian in separate interviews, said that pushing for Pinnick’s re-election bid may be easier said than done going by the current situation’ we have found ourselves.

“Two things might play out as soon as we arrive in Nigeria,” one of them said.

“One is the fact that no NFF chairman had served two terms, and the other issue, which I think will nail Pinnick’s ambition is the poor performance of the Eagles in Russia. If the team had done well, perhaps, many Nigerians would have wanted him to continue in office. But since the team fumbled, I doubt if things will work out for him.”

The other FA chairman from the South-South region said: “Pinnick’s personal relationship with majority members on the board is not cordial. He has so many enemies within, and he is running a divided camp.”

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