Pinnick bows to pressure, shelves third term NFF bid

Amaju Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick will not be contesting for a third term when his current tenure expires.

There have been calls for him to resign following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year. His critics say local football has also suffered under him.

In an interview on Friday, Pinnick told Arise TV he would be taking time off at the end of his tenure to be with his family.

“I’m eligible to run based on the status. Do I want to run?, It’s a no-no, my family is very key to me. They said it’s taking a toll on me and the family. They believed that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on. It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best,” he said.

The Delta-born football administrator has been in charge of football in the country since 2014.

Under Pinnick, Nigeria failed to qualify for three major tournaments including 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea respectively as well as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

This is apart from the Super Falcons and U23 team’s failure to qualify for the last Olympic Games in Tokyo.