President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick narrowly escaped being impeached by the body’s executive committee members in the wake of the calamitous handling of the bungled appointment of Frenchman Paul Le Guen for the Super Eagles job.
This occurred during Wednesday’s executive committee meeting in Abuja as incensed board members demanded the full details of the sponsorship deal he secured to cover the contract of a foreign coach, Vanguard reports.
A highly placed NFF official who gave a graphic picture of the showdown said Pinnick was “less than presidential” after his fellow board members threatened to have him tossed out.
“Pinnick cut a very, very pathetic picture when he was faced with impeachment as board members told him in clear terms they wanted to have all the details of the financials regarding the foreign coach the NFF plan to hire,” the official said.
“It was only after he promised to divulge all the details of the sponsorship that he was let off the hook. Pinnick was badly ruffled and really shaken up after the meeting.”
The chaotic state of the NFF doesn’t bode well for Nigerian football with the much publicized visit of Fifa president Gianni Infantino just around the corner.
The Fifa boss, along with his general secretary Fatma Samoura, is due in Abuja on Sunday on a two-day working visit during which he will pay a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari before meeting with football chiefs across the continent.