Corruption has eaten deep into the ‘beautiful game’. In fact, even the world football governing body experiences it Nowadays. A good number of Countries have been kept under normalization committees, with Corruption being the root cause.
Nigeria Football Federation is in mayhem according to Ondo state FA chairman, Otumba Dele Ajayi;”When Pinnick collected 1.5 billion naira from the government and was telling us that NFF did not collect a dime, where did the money go to?They collected 3 million dollars from FIFA without reaching the NFF”.
The mismanagement of funds in Nigerian football is at boiling point, and according to Goal Africa, reports squeezed in that Pinnick was arrested, placed on a travel ban and said to be prosecuted by president Muhammadu Buhari over cases of non-financial accountability.
The Nigeria Football Federation lampoon and denied this accusations with all his might on January 5, 2019. One of the red feather Cap’s of CAF’S executive (Amaju Pinnick), replied on social media saying;”Good Afternoon Nigeria my attention has just been drawn to a publication by an online media organization about a travel ban placed on me and an intending prosecution. Ironically, it comes on the heels of my trip to Accra, Ghana yesterday….. Before my appointment into the FIFA committees, I had to pass through intense integrity and eligible tests. I was not found wanting. Two years ago, FIFA handed @thenff a clean bill of health in our financial management. Our accounts are audited by Price water coopers”.
A popular African adage goes; “there is no smoke without fire”. Ajayi is talking from the point of a former finance chairman, thus has to be taken with an awful lot of seriousness.
Pinnick like every noble man would do, has pleaded not guilty, but Corruption in the game is becoming a universal battery that goes with all and sundry.This is on the back of an African great like Kalusha Bwalya being exempted from all football related activities,The Anas number 12 vidoe knocked out former CAF first vice president and president of the GFA,Kwesi Nyantakyi and CAF is still on the case of former president,Issa Hayatou. Would Pinnick be the latest to receive the marching orders? Only time will tell.