World Cup: NFF officials blame Pinnick for Super Eagles exit


Even without his involvement on the pitch, some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has blamed president, Amaju Pinnick, for the Super Eagles’ early exit.

Nigeria crashed out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday.

While several Nigerians have taken the ouster in good faith, the apex football body appears not to have done so.

“Amaju is a bad leader. He wants to do everything all alone, and it has created a great disunity among every staff of the NFF,” a member of the Glass House was quoted by the Guardian.

“We have been suffering in silence, and it has to end. Amaju must go. Many problems we encountered here in Russia were caused by Pinnick because of his ‘greedy’ nature.

“He laced the team with so many people who had no business here in Russia. Look at the various issues we encountered in accommodation. For five days, we couldn’t pay for accommodation because of the large number of people from Amaju.

“That is why the hotel management had to lock out our officials from their rooms on four occasions. It has never happened in the history of our participation at the World Cup.

“Again, Pinnick used his power as president of the NFF to give higher estacode among the contingent. He paid some state FA chairmen $3,000, while some got $4,500.

“That was outside the $300 that was given to them on arrival. We had two secretaries from each of the geopolitical zones, and the amount they got varied from one another.

“Some got $2,000, while others were secretly paid $3,000, depending on how influential you are in the Congress. We had many problems here because of Pinnick’s ambition to return for the second tenure. He was operating a divide and rule system. In any way, no NFF president had survived two tenure, so Amaju must go.”

Pinnick is yet to react to the accusations.