Two days to the beginning of the new year, The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has commended its administration for their achievements in the 2016.
Amaju told www.sportstalkafrica.com that he is satisfied with their performances they recorded on and off the field.
The NFF said the body tried to record success despite the economic situation in the country.
“One major factor that is been kicking against the success of sports in Nigeria,is not the administration, the administrators are enthusiastic, they are driven by passion, but the truth is we cannot run away from the fact that sports is all about money, and Nigeria is going through a recession right now. The truth is every company you want to partner with just does two things now, first, the administration and second the operations, they do not have time”.
“Its a government inherited and new government is trying to see what they can do in rebuilding and rebranding, and putting all these challenges to past, so you should understand that its not just NFF. I want you to name one sector of the economy that is doing very well right now and that’s what we call recession”.
“So for give and take we still give ourselves pat in the back, inspite of all odds, we have won two key matches, we are almost in the world cup,we won the only medal in the Olympics,we made our presence in Jordan, we made our presence in Papua New Guinea and we won the African Nations Women’s Championship, so I don’t think we ‘ve done badly inspite of all these challenges” Amaju explained.
“You go to court every time if it is not LMC today, its NFF tomorrow,we have challenges with finance, your sponsors, you have challenges because of the economic situation and inspite of these, we are still rearing our heads, nobody finds out how we are been funded, how we travel, every time I go to Abuja and anytime am in Abuja I know how much I spend and its from my pocket I tell you, I travel all the time with my funds.
“We do a lot more but we just decide to keep quite because we are driven by passion, when you are driven by passion you don’t just start telling the world that you are doing this, you are doing that but trust me , there are huge personal sacrifices from the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation”.