.Explains why he wants to return as NFF president
Despite the concerns raised by football stakeholders over the Super Eagles farewell friendly tie against Democratic Republic of Congo following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in that country as reported by the United Nations’ World Health Oragnisation (WHO), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has given reason why the friendly encounter must go on despite the health concerns raised by the teeming number of stakeholders.
According to the NFF’s boss, the Federation are collaborating with the Nigerian health authorities in the country (Ministry of Health) and the Congolese authorities over the matter in order to ensure that there will not be any issues as far as the dreaded Ebola issues are concerned.
He explained that besides the collaborations among those concerned in making sure that Ebola is not brought to this country as a result of the international friendly tie against DR Congo, more than 90 per cent of DR Congo players are based abroad where there are no Ebola issues and that they would be flying in from abroad to Port Harcourt for the encounter.
“The issue of Ebola virus in Congo DR was discovered in a very remote village in Congo. The Ebola in DR Congo was in the very very remote part of the country and besides, 98 per cent of their players are foreign based players,” Amaju began.
“And definitely they are flying in with charted flit to Port Harcourt by 6pm on the 26th of this month, three days to the match and the charter flight that brought them in will wait and take them back after the encounter.
“But officially, just to be conscious, we have written to the Ministry of Health to give us cover when they arrive here by testing them when they arrive and we are working on that already, just to take extra pre caution,” Amaju explained.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) executive member has equally given reason why he wants to return to the Glasshouse as the arrow head of Nigerian Football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup when his tenure comes to an end.
According to him, his sole objective of wanting to return is to ensure that he solidifies the financial base of the federation which his administration has already started with a view to ensuring that the Federation no longer rely on government finances for their activities.
It is recalled that the current board of the Nigeria Football Federation led by Pinnick have attracted a lot of sponsors for their flagship brand the Super Eagles with indigenous Oil and Gas Company, AITEO leading the pack of chains of companies that have identified with the Glasshouse by way of sponsorship deals running into billions of Naira.
Apart from AITEO other sponsors of the national team (the Super Eagles) include Nigeria Brewery, Zenith Bank, Nigeria Bottling Limited (Coca Cola), TGI and Payporte. Others include Cadbury (Tom Tom) and it is likely that many more other sponsor will still key in.