The last may not have been heard concerning the height at which Nigerian football is crumbling following unfolding revelations that the frosty relationship between embattled President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Amaju Pinnick and Confederation of African Football, CAF, Issa Hayatou has continued to grow worse be the day.
Coupled with controversies that brought in Pinnick-led NFF after Amb Chris Giwa and his executive board emerged as the country’s federation elected leaders on August 26, 2014, all football forces both within and outside Nigeria have swiftly descended on Pinnick and his board resulting to recent poor result being churned out day after day.
Nigerian Pilot Sports exclusively gathered that dilemma which has obviously enveloped Nigerian soccer since September 30, 2014 after Pinnick and group were declared winners in a Warri election NFF congress was doubled with eventual fallout between NFF and the continent football governing body, CAF.
“Pinnick and CAF Supremo, Hayatou who was interim FIFA President are now pitched in a seeming unending battle within the continent,” a senior NFF official who confided in our Correspondent revealed.
The source further disclosed that series of failures by the various national teams were not unconnected to the existing feud between Pinnick and CAF. For the first time ever, Nigeria failed to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations in two successive times under this administration marshaled by Pinnick.
The country’s U-20 and 17 teams disgracefully failed to qualify for the continent’s age group contest.
In fact, this medium was reliably informed that the impasse between the two Gladiators which led to the absence of CAF Boss, Hayatou when incumbent FIFA Presiden, Gianni Infantino showed up in Nigeria was later fired up when few football Presidents reportedly in good times with Pinnick came and receive Infantino and subsequently held a secret meeting bordering on how to impeach Hayatou who has remained in office for decades now.
The cold war we were also told began when NFF under Pinnick opted to vote Infantino during this year’s FIFA Presidential election as against the general CAF consensus to elect second-placed Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa.
At the moment, football Analysts are of the view that Africa’s most populous Nation may fail to qualify for 2018 World Cup and subsequently struggle to qualify for 2019 Nations Cup if the current quagmire at the Glasshouse is left to continue.
Nigerian ex-international Emmanuel Babayaro described the situation as unfortunate while lamenting the state of affairs in the round leather game of the country.


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