AFCON: I’ll resign as NFA chairman for Eagles to qualify – Pinnick


The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Amaju Pinnick said on Monday that he was ready to resign his position if that would guarantee Super Eagles qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Pinnick said this on Monday when he visited the Super Eagles training session at the National Stadium Abuja.

He said he was ready to sacrifice his position if that would make the Eagles win their remaining three games in the qualifying campaign.

“We are going to talk like brothers and friends and if there are things that are holding the back success please voice it out.

“If you say you want me to resign so that you people can win, I want you people to say it. We are ready to win this AFCON 2015.

“Nigerians are so passionate about this game; everywhere I enter now, they tell me that Nigerians will not want to hear excuses.

“So, please we don’t want to hear any story; go ahead and prove us right,” Pinnick said.

The NFA boss further said that the NFA board would meet on October 14 in Abuja to deliberate on the way forward for the Eagles before the Wednesday’s crucial encounter.

“Any decision we are going to take at the level of the federation will be at the best interest of Nigeria.

“We are not going to look at any decision based on hearsay or media bliss; we are going to take decision based on statistics and records.

“Once we are able to get through this match on Wednesday, we will beat Congo in Congo by God’s grace and then beat South Africa in Uyo, which gives us 10 points.

“Technically if we get 10 points we will be second in the group; we are working and praying towards that and I believe we will be able to achieve it,” he added.

He expressed the optimism that Nigeria would qualify for the competition, noting that nothing good had ever come easy.

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