Amaju Pinnck has partly blamed Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on the country’s lack of presence in CAF, the African football body.
Speaking in a radio interview on Tuesday, the NFF boss said part of the reasons Nigeria failed to qualify was down to Chad’s withdrawal from the group, and said that wouldn’t have happened if Nigeria had a representative in CAF.
“If Chad did not pull out, we would have qualified as one of the second best teams but Chad pulled out and that was one of the reasons we lost. If we had a Nigerian in the CAF executive committee, if Aminu Maigari had won to be there, he would have defended Nigeria,” Pinnick said on Lagos Talks FM.
“He would have told CAF clearly that ‘Chad cannot pull out and if they wanted to pull, fund them from their stake’, because every federation will collect money after the AFCON qualifiers from TV rights, but there was no Nigerian there to talk about it,” he said.
Pinnick has not hidden his desire to get into the CAF executive committee, and had also said: “If I am ambitious to go to CAF, yes because I am the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, not because I’m just a member.”