NFF President Amaju Pinnick Reacts to Reports Claiming He’s Considering Running for 3rd Term

NFF President Amaju Pinnick Reacts to Reports Claiming He’s Considering Running for 3rd Term

  • Amaju Pinnick has vowed not to grant any more interviews in Nigeria over the third term agenda
  • The NFF boss, who is set to wrap up his second tenure, says he is yet to decide if he should run for another term
  • Pinnick, however, confirmed that he is being pressured by ‘meaningful Nigerians’ to run for the third time

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has disclosed that he will no longer grant interviews in the country.

As he is set to conclude his second tenure as the NFF boss, reports claimed the FIFA and CAF executive is considering election into the Glass House for the third time.

A section of the Nigerian media had claimed Pinnick said he had received several calls from “very influential Nigerians” to seek re-election.

Amaju Pinnick, NFF, Third Term
Amaju Pinnick says he is under pressure to run for the third term. Photo: The Guardian Nigeria
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Pinnick was quoted as saying:

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“I had initially decided not to vie, but I have been receiving several calls from very influential Nigerians as well as genuine lovers of the sport urging me to seek another term.
"It is within the law and I will decide about it when the right time comes.
“I’m yet to talk to my family and my business associates though, but there are people who want me to continue.”

But in a chat with The Punch, the NFF boss who attended the Confederation of Africa Football’s 44th General Assembly in Tanzania last week said:

“I’m not going to grant any interviews in Nigeria. The interview I granted was in Kenya and does not mean I have agreed or I will agree to contest for the third term or not.

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“I said this in Kenya and I’m not going to grant any interview in Nigeria. A lot of Nigerians in Kenya want me to contest, but it does not mean I have accepted.
“I have not said that I’m going to contest, but I must respect the fact that many meaningful Nigerians want me to continue. I’m going to grant an interview this week, but at the moment, my position stands. Amaju Pinnick is not contesting for a third term election.”

Falconets beat South Korea 1-0

Sports Brief earlier reported that Nigeria’s Falconets continued their 100 per cent record at the ongoing FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup after defeating their counterparts from South Korea 1-0.

It was a tense battle in Costa Rica as both nations clashed, but the Nigerians left it late before securing all three points.

It is now six points from a possible six for Nigeria, who are now leading Group C and have qualified for the tournament's quarter-finals.

Source: Sports Brief News