The Nigeria Football Federation through its General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, has stated that backing from the government is needed if the country is to get a seat on the FIFA Council (formerly known as FIFA Executive Committee).
The NFF scribe made this assertion while debunking media reports that the Confederation of African Football, CAF, rejected the nomination of NFF President Amaju Pinnick, for a seat on the FIFA Council.
Mr. Sanusi in a press statement stated that at no time did Mr. Pinnick, a member of the CAF Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, filled a form to be considered for CAF nomination for the FIFA Council.
“Although the truth is that Nigeria is big enough as a country to have a member in the esteemed FIFA Council, I want to say without any fear of contradiction that at no time did the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, filled form for CAF to consider him for nomination.
“It is not an illegitimate ambition for a Nigerian to aspire to be in the FIFA Council. In the future, perhaps Mr. Pinnick or any other worthy Nigerian who is able to receive the support of the Government will approach CAF to be nominated to the Council,” he said.
Many wonder why the NFF will be relying on the support of government to push for positions in CAF and FIFA when the same body often frowns at supposed government intervention in their activities.