2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Why We Met With Akwa Ibom Governor - Pinnick
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has shed lights on why the federation met with Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and members of the State’s cabinet on Tuesday.
Pinnick alongside the Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Mr Chris Green and Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Football Association, Mr Emmanuel Iba all met with Governor Emmanuel at the Government House in Uyo.
At the meeting, the Governor and his team assured NFF officials that every item on the checklist for organisation of the Nigeria/Cameroon match was being painstakingly attended to.
“We had a useful meeting with His Excellency on all areas concerning organization. The NFF does not want to leave any stone unturned with regards to arrangements for this match.
“While we are doing everything necessary to prepare our team for the big match, we are also fully focused on the organisation. Nothing must be left to chance.
"I am happy His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel and his top officials are on the same page with the NFF.
"We are confident of having a very successful match on all fronts,” Pinnick told thenff.com after Tuesday’s meeting.
The Super Eagles will be up against the reigning African champions Cameroon at the ‘Nest of Champions’ in two-and-half weeks, in what could prove one of the deciding games of Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Series’ Group B.
Nigeria won the last encounter between the 2 countries at senior level, when the Eagles lashed the Lions 3-0 in a friendly in Brussels, Belgium on 11 October, 2015.