Nigerians were not entirely pleased with 2016 with so many challenges and maybe some high notes.
Started the year with missing out of AFCON 2017, the embarrassment from Paul Le Guen’s appointment was covered up with some positives after the appointment of Gernot Rohr and we wrapped up 2016 in a bizarre manner with the Super Falcons.
We won’t go into details as they are now the past and the Federation has promised to address all the grey areas in Nigeria football.
SportPage Nigeria sat down with the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick to ask some lingering questions in the minds of Nigerians and possibly get his opinions on the sensitive issues.
We succeeded to ask him two questions (because of little time) and he gave us his objective views on it.
After a turbulence 2016, we asked the President what Nigerians and football lovers should expect from the Federation in 2016.
He said: “We are going to approach 2017 with realistic, tactical, practical, objective and prayerful tendencies”
- Realistic: Programmes and tournaments are going to be based on the reality of our economic or financial standing.
- Tactical: Applying tactics in solving perceived problems and proffering solutions
- Practical: what is practicable in every given situation as a panacea for positive results.
- Objective: isolate sentiments completely in assessing situations and plans in building opinions and taking major decisions
- Prayerful: No doubt, there are loads of Spiritual forces against the NFF and its programmes so prayers conquer and answereth all.
There is no conversation in Nigeria now that the current state of the economy won’t be discussed. So, we pressed him to tell us the Federation plans in the recession-choked economy.
He replied: By His Grace, Nigerians should expect a Federation that has learnt alot of lessons and these knowledges will propel the NFF to avoid visible mistakes and focus mainly on consolidating on some of our gains while working assiduously to achieving successes on and off the field of play in all our pursuits.
He was diplomatic here and we fully respect his stand.
Interview conducted by Sulaiman Pooja for SportPage Nigeria.