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Pinnick: Why I decided against seeking third term as NFF president

Pinnick: Why I decided against seeking third term as NFF president

Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has opened up on his decision to abstain from seeking a third term in office.

In April 2022, the NFF president, who is in the twilight of his second term, had ruled out a third term bid.

Although Pinnick said he had consulted his family over the decision, he failed to state the reasons that informed the move.

However, in a chat with Arise TV on Monday, the NFF president said some people hate him “for no reason” and that he is tired of dealing with “bitterness and hatred”.

Pinnick added that he is constantly humiliated and ridiculed by the “institutions that are meant to protect”.

“I love this country but the issue of hate and bitterness. Institutions that are meant to protect you are the ones opening you up for humiliation, ridicule and possible annihilation,” he said.

“There are 7.7 billion people in the world but there are only 37 people in FIFA and a Nigerian is one of them. It is good enough for us, but some people want that flag to be removed. I’m not against criticism.

“A lot of Nigerians have called about my third term bid. They said, ‘Pinnick, we are building this country and you must be an integral part of it.’ But I said listen, ‘I love Nigeria but my family is key and number one’. Every time, I’m having issues, my family is tired.

“For now, I said ‘no’ and I still stand by it because you don’t want to go to a terrain where bitterness, hatred, and animosity are, for no reason other than the fact that it is Amaju Pinnick. If you ask any of the haters what has Pinnick done wrong; if they tell me today I will resign.”

Allegations of corruption, lack of transparency and accountability have dogged the NFF in recent years.

Pinnick has come under intense scrutiny over his handling of the affairs of the NFF, with his critics accusing him of misusing the funds of the football body.

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Sivasspor Injury: Ahmed Musa Completes Surgery

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain and Sivasspor winger, Ahmed Musa has confirmed he has undergone successful surgery to repair his left arm.

The 29-year-old picked up an injury while featuring for Sivasspor in a 2-1 Turkish Super Lig defeat against Ankaragucu at Eryaman Stadyumu on September 18.

The Nigerian attacker announced this on  Instagram on Wednesday, adding that he hoped to return to action soon

Sharing photos from his hospital bed with doctors standing beside him; he wrote:

“I just want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Allah for a successful surgery on my left arm.

” As we all know, no surgery is too minor so I am grateful for the competent doctors assigned to me for a job well done.”

“Also to you all, for your messages, prayers and words of encouragement.

” I hope to be back on the field soon stronger and absolutely better. Thanks everyone. @sivasspor.”

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Brazilian International, Richarlison Calls For Stronger Punishment Against Racism

Unless stronger punishment are handed out to culprits, racism in football would continue unabated.

Tottenham forward Richarlison de Andrade, stated this after a banana was thrown at him in the 19th minute of the friendly match between Brazil and Tunisia in Paris, on Tuesday.

The player, who ran towards the corner flag to celebrate scoring his side’s second goal in the 5-1 win at Parc des Princes, was stoned from the crowd.

Footage showed Manchester United midfielder, Fred, kicking the banana away, while other objects were also thrown onto the pitch.

Translated from Portuguese, Richarlison posted on Twitter after the match saying, “As long as they stay ‘blah blah blah’ and don’t punish, it’s going to continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time bro!”

The 25-year-old received plenty of messages of support on social media, including from former clubs America Mineiro and Fluminense.

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Algeria Defeat Eagles 2 – 1 In Friendly

The Desert Foxes of Algeria defeated the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles 2 -1  in a friendly match on Tuesday.

Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.

The team took the lead in the 8th minute after the ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth. The FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.

The pressure paid off for Algeria in the 40th minute. Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.

Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple of passes set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.

The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.

Nigeria will play Portugal next in an international friendly billed for November 17.

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