Amaju: Eagles Must Win In Sudan

Amaju: Eagles Must Win In Sudan

–Enyeama says no shaking on Saturday’s tie

Newly elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Melvin Amaju Pinnick, on Tuesday stormed the training session of the national team, who are preparing for a game against Sudan on Saturday, declaring that he will bring the much desired changes to Nigerian football.


Addressing the players during the evening session after a hectic two hours training, Amaju, said he was in tune with most of the players, assuring them that trust will be the hallmark of his administration, even as declared that the game against Sudan should be the take off point for his administration.

“The last NFF regime has been wonderful in terms of achievement and we want to continue from there. That is why I must say the Sudan game is a must win for us, because it’s the first competitive game under this dispensation. On our part we are determined to continue to support the team and soon you will see what we would do through Corporate Nigeria and the rest of the game’s supporters and sponsors,” he declared.


He said all rumours regarding pronouncements allegedly made by him should be disregarded, assuring that he was starting on a clean slate to build on the immense achievements of his predecessors. He was accompanied to the training session by NFF Vice President, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, Executive Committee member, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu, who both promised to keep a close tab on the workings of the national team. There were also NFF, Director of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who is the Director of Competitions at the Football.

Super Eagles skipper, Vincent Enyeama, who responded on behalf of the players and officials, assured that the team will not let the nation down in the course of qualifying for Maroc 2015 Nations Cup. “Mr President, no shaking. But we must congratulate you on your election and assure Nigerians that with God all things are possible”, he declared.

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  • Ke$hi is no national hero. If anything, he is a national disgrace. He has pilloried and embarrassed Nigeria with his unguarded, uncouth and disrespectful utterances at every turn. Nigeria made Ke$hi what and who he is today and Nigeria owes him absolutely nothing that would engender a need to renew his contract. Again, I repeat that we were lucky to win the AFCON and it was all down to those boys who were playing for their professional and personal lives!
    It has always been under Ke$hi, whether as a player (captain), asst. coach or national team coach that we’ve had ‘bonus rows.” Doesn’t anyone find that a bit coincidental? Amaju Pinnick should not bring tribalism or parochialism into the issue of Ke$hi. You are judged by what you are doing now, not what you’ve done in the past. We would have had both a positive Confed. cup and World Cup if Ke$hi had worked with the Technical team to select the best legs for both competitions and Nigeria would not be ranked as low as we are right now.
    Pinnick needs to do the right thing and tell Ke$hi “thank you and we wish you well.” Nigeria has regressed every year under Ke$hi since he took the reins in 2011, even with the AFCON victory. One victory in 11 competitive games should and will get you fired in any other country. Regardless of whether we beat Sudan or not (which we are supposed to in the first place), Ke$hi’s chaotic tenure should end after the Sudan games. Enough of bringing disrepute to the brand and colors of Nigeria. I am sure his “six countries” will still want him. We (Nigeria) can and must do better than this “gather and play” football we have been saddled with for close to 4 years.