NFF boss, Pinnick, not resigning despite AFCON flop; says no regrets hiring Oliseh

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Under-fire president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has vowed not to resign despite mounting pressure following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for a second Africa Cup of Nations under his leadership.

Pinnick also said he had no regrets hiring Sunday Oliseh as coach of the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles in Alexandria, Egypt, on Tuesday saw their AFCON qualification hopes extinguished as they lost 1-0 to the Pharaohs.

The team also failed to make the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, needing just to win their final home game against South Africa.

Though Pinnick apologised for the disappointments, the embattled NFF boss insisted that he will not throw in the towel.

“I am not going to resign,” Pinnick emphatically declared during a media chat in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon.

“The reason being that when you are in a battle field, if you retreat, and someone else comes in, he has to start from where you stopped and he might run into the same problems.”

The 45-year-old also stated that he rather sees the calls for him to resign as a wakeup call and nothing else.

“I only see these calls as a wakeup call,” he said. “I just feel they are telling me to wake up from slumber and see things that I wasn’t possibly seeing.

“To me it’s just a wakeup call and that is the truth. I was elected by the Nigeria Football Federation congress and I have a mandate for four years and I don’t think we have done very badly,” Pinnick stated.

Speaking further, Pinnick maintained that he had no regrets hiring former coach Sunday Oliseh, as well as referring to him as the Pep Guardiola of Africa.

“We brought in the last coach (Oliseh) because he is a Nigerian and he came super highly recommended and I have no regrets saying he was the Pep Guardiola of Africa.

“We gave him a four-year plan and we talked about building capacities but at the end of the day, he resigned.

“But with all due respect, we have tried to do all we could in that regard and we did it,” he added.

The NFF boss stated that attention will move away from the AFCON failure to the World qualifiers.


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