President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick says he will ensure the country is more globally recognised as a footballing nation and Africa will be better placed as a continent in the global football discourse.
Mr Pinnick’s comment comes forty-eight hours after he got elected into the FIFA Executive Council, the highest decision-making organ in world football and says being in the council calls for more work.
“One thing I know is that we are going to work within the dynamics so that Nigeria as a country will be more globally recognised as a footballing country, Africa as a continent will be better placed and the world will be better for it,” Pinnick said when he featured on ARISE News on Monday
The NFF President in a veiled manner justified Ahmed Musa’s invitation for the Super Eagles AFCON 2022 qualifiers.
Nigeria will later this month be facing Lesotho and Benin Republic in which a point would be enough for Super Eagles to pick their ticket for next year’s AFCON championship.
“I am not in the technical team, I am the president of the Nigeria Football Federation and if Ahmed Musa is in that team, I believe they have a reason to justify it,” Pinnick told ARISE News.
“Ahmed Musa was our player in the last world cup, even the last two world cups. So, Ahmed Musa to me, I’m not trying to justify this (his inclusion) is an exceptional player not just on the field, but on the field.
“He provides that leadership that I marvel at, every point in time, so if they select him, they have a reason. You can recall that when Ahmed Musa was removed from our last game against Sierra Leone, things started going down. So maybe on the field, there was no leadership anymore.
“But I can tell you, Ahmed Musa is an exceptional player.”