Angry Pinnick Vows To Punish Erring NFF Officials
The Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick is ready to make a scapegoat out of his subordinates following the embarrassment brought on the country on Tuesday.
An 'oversight' by the NFF saw the Federation being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in Nigeria's final World Cup qualifying game against Algeria, and FIFA has already docked Nigeria the point from that game and also slapped the NFF with a fine of 6,000 Swiss Francs.
Though he admitted fault, Pinnick has directed that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately and persons found culpable be dealt with.
Good morning. I'll start by tendering my wholehearted apology to Nigeria and Nigerians for the Shehu Abdullahi error. It is unforgivable and could have undone months of hard work. As head of the Federation, I take responsibility for this. It happened on my watch.— Amaju Melvin Pinnick (@PinnickAmaju) December 13, 2017
“We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria.
“However, this is a grave error and somebody must be punished. We apologize to Nigerians for this and assure that this will not in any way derail or even distract us in our well –laid plan to ensure that the Super Eagles have a great outing in Russia.
“At the same time, I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist. We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department. The Technical Committee will henceforth play serious superintending role on all details, no matter how minute, in technical matters.
“It is important that all committees and departments at the NFF should move at the same pace as the Executive Committee,” stated Pinnick.
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