By Johnny Edward:
Nigerian Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick has proclaimed that his election into the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee board will be an advantage to Nigerian Football, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Pinnick is looking to unseat the incumbent and long standing member, Anjorin Moucharafou who also heads the Benin Republic Football Federation when the election holds on the 16th of March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The former Delta FA chief revealed in a media group platform which Completesportsnigeria is a member, that the focus of the NFF is not just to qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia but to make a valuable impact at the Mundial.
"Like I initially opine, our focus is qualifying for the World Cup, and if eventually I get elected into CAF, then it will only be a bonus for Nigerian Football," Pinnick said during an interview session in the group.
"At the moment, our total focus is not only qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup but also make a prominent presence and statement in Russia. Every morning my prayer is for God to dismantle any roadblock to Russia, keep our players and officials in sound health. This is a project that is extremely important to every member of the NFF," he added.
Pinnick also praised the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr for the new innovations he has introduced into Nigerian football.
"We are almost on daily basis looking at possibilities that will further enhance our chances with the TA (Technical Adviser). He talks to the players, their coaches and some backroom staff of their various clubs.
"He radiates the father figure to them and the team have accepted him wholeheartedly as their father. The spirit in the team is amazing. We are very happy with the dimensions Gernot is bringing to Nigerian Football."
Pinnick also hinted that no targets will be set for the Super Sand Eagles when they feature at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas in April, and that the NFF's Beach Soccer Committee headed by Sulaiman Kwande are working on the possibility of setting up a viable Beach soccer league in Nigeria.
The Super Sand Eagles will be one of Africa's representative in Bahamas after making it to the 2016 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations final in Nigeria.
Nigeria have participated in four Beach Soccer World Cups; 2011, 2009 2007 and 2006 prior to Bahamas 2017.
"The Beach Soccer Committee and the Technical Committee are to fashion out a programme as soon as possible. No specific target because we don't need to put pressure on the team. Beach Soccer is more of an entertaining sport rather than a competitive one."