Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has expressed hope that the Super Eagles will one day win the FIFA World Cup. Pinnick said this on Friday in Uyo after playing in the maiden novelty match between SWAN Selected team and Akwa Ibom Sports Arena team.
The NFF president said he decided to honor the invitation to play in the match saying that if he failed to do so it could be taken as if he got hamstring injury or simply refused to participate.
Pinnick, who played in the colors of SWAN Selected side throughout the second half of the game, described sports journalists as critical elements in Nigerian football reportage.
“We believe in working together. It has been an amazing support from sports journalists. One day we will win the World Cup.
Paul Bassey, on the other hand, who is the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Udom Emmanuel on sports, congratulated SWAN Selected on their victory over the Akwa Ibom team.
“Football knows no home turf. If you are a good team and on a good pitch, you can win anywhere.
“What you do today is exemplary, I wish we had started it earlier than now
“I promise that whenever we have a home game and we are on a training pitch and there is a floodlight, we will always do it again and again.’’
He said that sports writing remains his “ medium’’ which he could return to at the end of his assignment
According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the match played under flood light Friday night at the Training Pitch, Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, SWAN Selected defeated their host s3-1.
The sports journalists led 2-0 in the first half of the novelty match before the homers which had Nse Essien, a state legislator representing Onna State Constituency, reduced the goal difference. The SWAN Selected added the third goal to lift the maiden trophy.
The match was put up ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier (Match Day 3) between Nigeria and Libya.
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