Sports minister asks Pinnick to restructure NFF

Nigeria’s sports minister, Solomon Dalung has given a huge nod to Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to restructure the football house.

This is part of the response to negligence that resulted in FIFA sanctioning the country for fielding an ineligible player against Algeria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Constantine on November 10, 2017. FIFA awarded the match that ended 1-1 to Algeria plus three goals, but did not affect Nigeria’s World Cup qualification ticket.

Pinnick said during an interactive session with sports media executives on Tuesday in Agege, Lagos that it had become imperative to restructure the football house if we do not want to experience such negligence that resulted in FIFA sanction again.

The restructuring, he said, would also involve relocating to its new secretariat by March to the new and permanent office complex.

He said, “We must relocate to the new secretariat my March next year.

“And it is not everybody that we move with us. It is only those we need that we will take along. I know those that will go with us and those that will not go with us.

“We will train those that we will take to the new secretariat. In fact I have called Sani Toro (a former NFF secretary) to organise a training session for all the secretariat staff. We want to train them on the dynamics, theatrics of football administration.

“The mentality of some of the secretariat staff is not the way it should be hence this training.”

He said the federation would also introduce an automated system such that every staff of the football house will be aware of player’s card situation.