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Taribo West Blasts Pinnick Over ‘Mushroom Club’ Comments

Taribo West Blasts Pinnick Over ‘Mushroom Club’ Comments

Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West has slammed President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick over comments he made which suggested local players should not join smaller clubs abroad.

Pinnick, while addressing the home Eagles ahead of Sunday’s 4-0 friendly defeat against the El Tri of Mexico advised the players not to join mushroom clubs in Europe.

Pinnick declared that the NFF will only approve an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to those moving to top European clubs.

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But West has criticised Pinnick insisting it will be wrong to keep the players in Nigeria against their will.

“You cannot keep people against their will in a league that doesn’t respect them, pay them, protect them or care about their welfare,” he told BBC Sport Africa.

“Such comments from the head of Nigerian football are insensitive and embarrassing. Instead of improving and focusing on developing the structures around the league, you’re dictating to adults where and how to earn a living.”

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  • This one choke….e choke. This is d beautiful truth. Wat will it cost to develop our league. Corruption is kill dx country.

  • Marvelous 3 years ago

    Thanks Taribo. If all ex can talk sensibly like this, this men won’t be saying rubbish at will.

    • This is just a wrong move right from the start. The Super Eagles is not a training camp for home based players. We should just respect things as they are. If you want players that van perform well from the NPFL, then do it by reforming the league totally. No more state owned clubs, only private sector driven. Dem no go gree. If you only focus on the players from the league with the intention of improving them, there is a lot of confusion you are causing for the management and yourself. Taribo West has just jumped on one of the confusing arguments introduced by no other person than the minister of sports and his champions. When you decide to play in murky waters, you loose your foresight and your eyesight

  • Nice one Taribo.

  • Oakfield 3 years ago

    Apt @mr taribo. Some useless con heads have decided to use our dear super eagles as a rehabilitation center for players in a dead domestic league. The whole idea is, present the local players, feature them in international football matches in national team colors (as a sellable brand), expose them to foreign scouts who might get interested, eventually sign them and of course, envelops would exchange hands from the coach, club, up to the sports minister, Mr wazzler dazzler whilst watching the domestic league rot away. We are way smarter than u guys. Hehehe.

  • NaijaEaglesFan 3 years ago

    Dare and Pinnick are hopeless and clueless fools. It’s so unfortunate that they are in charge of our sports and football.

    Pinnick called the NPFL players the pride of the country.:- The pride of the country played a ninety minute game, conceded two goals in the first three minutes of the game and played the entire duration of the game without a single attempt on goal. Mr. Dare and Pinnick if you are not ashamed of yourselves, I’m ashamed for you both, you both are a disgrace to Nigeria and competitive sports.

    Those players are presently untransferable, no amount of exposure will make any team from Belgium, France, Holland, Denmark, Sweden or Norway engage anyone of them, let alone Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain or England. They don’t have what it takes so stop advertising the player. You are throwing Nigeria’s image in the dirt with your new found senseless project that will achieve nothing. GO WORK ON THE LEAGUE.

  • NaijaEaglesFan 3 years ago

    Sometimes I wonder why EFCC is still unable to save Nigeria football by arresting the fool Pinnick for all the NFF funds he continues to steal.

  • JimmyBall 3 years ago

    … The homebased you laugh at today shall be the foreign based you praise tomorrow!
    NPFL side Katsina United player Samuel Nnoshiri joins Real Oviedo of Spain after pulling out of the latest friendly between Nigeria and Mexico… Yet we should continue singing laughable hymns with some folks that NPFL has no talent… It will be very mature if we measure our criticisms fairly and stop being comically sarcastic… One love! Life na opportunity and having the right connect!

  • Ako AMADI 3 years ago

    Pinnick’s comments are primitive . To think that this is coming from an NFF Chairman is most unfortunate.

  • Ako AMADI l 3 years ago

    When a Nigerian doctor is checking out to the UK or US nobody cares if he’s going to work in s mushroom hospital

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