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Pinnick: President Buhari Deserves Place In Guinness Book Of Records

Pinnick: President Buhari Deserves Place In Guinness Book Of Records

President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) is worthy of a bold mention in the Guinness Book of Records, according to NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

Pinnick spoke in Santiago on Monday morning as he boarded a flight to Buenos Aires on the way back home from a success story at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. 


“Yes, it is a success story as you just mentioned, but it would not have ended that way without the great support that the Nigeria Football Federation continues to receive from the President Muhammadu Buhari –led Federal Government.

“In fact, the Nigeria Football Federation is dedicating this triumph to President Buhari. He is a man of history. He was there when the first set won the trophy in 1985 as military Head of State; now he is here as civilian President when the Class of 2015 emerged victorious. Seriously speaking, I don’t think 

there is any Head of State or Government in the entire universe who has this honour, and for this, our PMB deserves a place in the Guinness Book of Records.”


Pinnick, whose one –year administration can now point to successes at the African Women Championship (Namibia 2014), African Youth Championship (Senegal 2015) and now the Eaglets’ triumph (aside qualifications for several major tournaments), insisted on Monday that the masterstroke for the Eaglets’ confident and determined approach was President Buhari’s call to the team a day earlier.

“We appreciate the President for sparing time out of his very tight schedule to talk to each and every player and official. That was a massive motivation. At the end of the conversation, the players told me they would go all out and give whatever it would take to win, having been inspired by the country’s leader.

“Football is a potent and huge tool for national unity and the focus of the present NFF administration is to build a sustainable football culture for our 


Triumphs are good, but we must not overlook the sustainable culture.”

The NFF President assured that his administration would be strongly involved in the players’ development, unlike what happened in the past. “People have talked about monitoring the players. We would do more than that. We would be part of their developmental programs and seamless transition to senior 


“We are very happy with this victory because it gives us the opportunity to present to our dear PMB his first global crown on his return as civilian President.”

Pinnick, a member of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and who joined the dignitaries to hand out the medals in Vina del Mar on Sunday, hinted that the NFF already has other targets in its immediate radar.

“Of course, we are celebrating. But I can tell you that our focus has already shifted to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal. It is important that we 

earn a ticket to the men’s football tournament of next year’s Olympics in Brazil.

“We will give Samson Siasia’s squad all the support to win the ticket. And of course, we have also concluded arrangements to ensure the Super Eagles defeat Swaziland in the race for the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting with the first leg in Lobamba on Friday,” said Pinnick, as he congratulated the U-20 women national team, Falconets, for earning a ticket to the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after beating South Africa’s Basetsana on Sunday.  

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  • madness……no be only Guiness, na Cadbury book of records. Aboki

  • Francis Onyema 6 years ago

    As what….as chief dictator or chief terrorist?

  • Nigeria has 8 first 

    1) Nig us the 1st coutry to win the u17 trophy 5× 

    2) Victor Osimhen laid a new record of the highest numbers of goal at the u17 with 10 goals. 

    3) Vic Osihen hold the record of the 1st player to score ib every match. 10 goals in 7 matches. 

    4) President Buhari is the 1st country head to see his country lift the cup twie. 1st in 1985,  China. 

    5) This is the 1st time the Eaglet will be winning the trophy outside Asia- '85 China, '93 Japan, '07 Korea, '13 UAE. 

    6) With 5 trophies and 3 2nd place final, Nig is the most successful team in the history f the competition. 8 in 8 final, 11 times in 15 edition. 

    7) Aside Brazil('97, '99) Nig is the only other country to have won the trophy back to back. 

    8) Nig's win against Mali has affirm Africa's position as the most successful continent at the competition with 7 wins- Africa(Nig 5, Ghana 2), South America(Brazil 3),  Europe(USSR, France, Switzerland).

  • Animal talk don start again……………We assemble a bunch of semi retired players to a U17 tuorney and we cheat our way by eventually managing to win and we become bold enough to ask for more………….Guiness Book ko…………Odeku Slate ni……….

    Small time now NFF President Amaju will come out again to say that he is a christian,that he dosent lie….Swear that some of those boys are not same age as Amuneke’s offical declared age of 47……….

  • He deserve it…. Really deserve bcos of his glory

  • some people talk carelessly. people try to make dis country great why some uses there way to fall it. be proud of ur country.

  • okafor uche 6 years ago

    pinnick or what is your name…you don start. Face football. Stay away from politics and stop this eye service. We are rated 14th in Africa. Do your work. Improve else you will be replaced. Nigeria is too big for Buhari. He have no agenda. The only agenda he have is pursuing and victimizing opposition parties. He is the presiding judge of all the courts. Nobody can win APC in Nigerian court. Maybe we will start seeking redress in foreign judiciary. Guinness my ass.