The President of the Nigerian Football Federation,Amaju Pinnick has hailed the support the NFF enjoyed from President Buhari citing it as crucial to the U-17 team’s success in Chile, even calling for the President’s name to be inducted in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Amaju Pinnick spoke to journalists in Santiago on Monday morning as he boarded a flight to Buenos Aires on his way back home from a successful outing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
“Yes, it is a success story as you just mentioned, but it would not have ended that way without the great support that the Nigeria Football Federation continues to receive from the President Buhari –led Federal Government. In fact, the Nigeria Football Federation is dedicating this triumph to President Buhari. He is a man of history. He was there when the first set won the trophy in 1985 as military Head of State; now he is here as civilian President when the Class of 2015 emerged victorious. Seriously speaking, I don’t think there is any Head of State or Government in the entire universe who has this honour, and for this, our PMB deserves a place in the Guinness Book of Records.”
The NFF president assured that his administration would be strongly involved in the players’ development, unlike what happened in the past.
“People have talked about monitoring the players. We would do more than that. We would be part of their developmental programs and seamless transition to senior categories. We are very happy with this victory because it gives us the opportunity to present to our dear PMB his first global crown on his return as civilian President.”
Pinnick, whose one –year administration has been successful so far insisted on Monday that the masterstroke for the Eaglets’ confident and determined approach was President Buhari’s skype call to the team a day earlier.
“We appreciate the President for sparing time out of his very tight schedule to talk to each and every player and official. That was a massive motivation. At the end of the conversation, the players told me they would go all out and give whatever it would take to win, having been inspired by the country’s leader. “Football is a potent and huge tool for national unity and the focus of the present NFF administration is to build a sustainable football culture for our country. Triumphs are good, but we must not overlook the sustainable culture.”