The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has replied those critizing his decision to abandon the national teams were involved in crucial Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers to travel to England to watch the Community Shield game between two London clubs – Arsenal and Chelsea.
The NFF president has been hugely criticised by football fans after he was spotted at the Wembley Stadium for the Community Shield on a day two of Nigeria’s teams were in action.
The football administrator used his Twitter handle ?@PinnickAmaju to clear the air, stating that he was only on a business trip to finalise some sponsorship deals for Nigeria.
“Hello all, no doubt I am an Arsenal fan but I will never relegate my calling at NFF for Arsenal,” he said.
“When Arsenal was playing against Manchester some months ago, I was on the road to Ibadan to watch 3SC against Rangers.
“My vision about my mission in NFF is clear and by God’s Grace, we shall get there.
“I came into London for meetings with a consortium of would-be sponsors, some requested to see the Head Coach.
“Aside that, there are a lot of global politics going on and if Nigeria must be accorded her pride of place in global football politics, then we must participate at the highest level.
“I appeal for your understanding and prayers, nothing good comes easy.”
The Super Falcons lost 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea and missed out on the 2016 Olympics, while the U-23 Dream Team battled to a 0-0 in Congo to move to the next stage of the Olympics qualifiers.