NFF President, Amaju Pinnick Photo credit: Goal

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, Nigeria

The President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Amaju Melvin Pinnick has shed more light into the vacant coaching role of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, can report.

The administrator in a monitored radio interview with Mitchell Obi on Kennis FM, Lagos, has said that Nigeria has excellent coaches that can take up the Super Falcons job but the task is beyond technical expertise.

“If we have a male coach that has the track record, why not give him the job then get women as Assistant coaches to understudy him and learn. When he leaves, possibly these women can take over. When Florence Omagbemi took over, she was excellent. She tried, but there are some things we can’t say that we also observed that is not for public consumption. We have excellent coaches, but it goes beyond technical expertise.

On the recent allocation of $500,000 to Women football from FIFA allocation without adding any funds from CAF and sponsors, Pinnick said that the allocation was done with all fairness.

“Everybody knows that I am quite passionate about the women’s game. I have done everything within reasonable and appreciable reasoning in ensuring that women’s football has its pride of place. If out of $2m, $500,000 which is 25% is apportioned to women. Looking at the women’s team apart from the national team we also have the league with three categories. For men, we have leagues that have numerous categories, NPFL, NNL, NLO. The Nationwide League has about 305 clubs. We should be looking at this from the perspective that the $500,000 will be allocated to women football and no dime will go to any other aspect of football asides women football. We should also note that from Coca Cola money, we always give about $20,000 to $30,000. The Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode knows that I am passion driven about women’s football financial independence and stability. If there is anything, I will try in ensuring fairness. There is no way I can be insensitive to gender especially the women.” He concluded.

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