There was mild drama in Abuja yesterday after former Super Eagles defender, Emeka Ezeugo led placard carrying youths as the convoy of visiting FIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino and the Secretary General, Ms Fatma Samoura drove into the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
They chanted “Infantino Nigerian football is in shambles,” waving the placards. Some of the placards read: ‘’Buhari, save Nigerian football from corruption and corrupt officials, ‘’FIFA World Cup never accounted for,’’ Infantino, FIFA President Stop dinning with illegality’’ and Amaju MUST GO.’’
The clamour for the NFF leadership led by Amaju Pinnick to throw in the towel has grown following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for two successive editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and last week’s bungling of the appointment of Paul Le Guen as coach of the Super Eagles.
With Nigeria drawn in the 2018 World Cup qualifying group with Africa’s top ranked team Algeria, Cameroon and 2012 AFCON winners Zambia, there are fears the country may not qualify for Russia 2018, making it the six straight year the country will miss a major tournament.
At the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Pinnick accompanied Infantino to the presidential suite, and meetings between the FIFA President and the NFF Board and with the visiting FA presidents from other African countries, as well as a cocktail dinner were on the programme last night.
Today, Infantino and Samoura, alongside Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, NFF President Pinnick, chairmen of the Senate and House sports committees, NFF General Secretary and other NFF Board members, and the visiting FA presidents from other African countries, will pay a courtesy call on His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.


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