Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has withdrawn his campaign for a third term, despite mounting pressure on him to go following the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Nigerian football stakeholders put relentless pressure on Pinnick to resign immediately, as Shauntv has exclusively revealed.
The three-time African champions drew 1-1 with Ghana’s Black Stars in the return leg of the World Cup final round qualifiers on March 29, 2022, and were eliminated on the away goal rule.
Millions of Nigerians were saddened by the Super Eagles’ defeat, including the country’s most powerful citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari, who had swarmed the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja to show support for their beloved team.
After the game, a group of enraged supporters entered the pitch and vandalised the stadium’s amenities.
The players were not spared however, as several enraged fans attempted to physically assault them, but were stopped by the security staff on duty who intervened quickly.
As a result of the incident, Austin Eguavoen resigned as the Nigerian national team’s handler, and the NFF fired other members of the team.
Ex-internationals like Emmanuel Amuneke and Joseph Yobo were among those fired.
Most football stakeholders were outraged by the event and quickly called for Pinnick and his board members to quit, blaming the Super Eagles’ loss on the football federation’s inept leadership.
Pannick yields to criticism and withdrew his ambition for a third term only 48 hours after the Daily Trust revelation.
In September, his present term will come to an end. He stated his engagement in football administration over the years has taken a toll on his family in an interview with Arise TV.
“For Nigerian football, it’s been a tumultuous road.” According to the law, I am qualified to run. Do I want to go for a run? It’s a complete no-no. My family is really important to me. They stated it was affecting me and my family. They feel I’ve given it my all and that it’s time to move on. It’s a difficult decision, but it’s the best option.”