Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has vowed to step down from his post if the country fails to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
While addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, the NFF President bemoaned the defeat of the Super Eagles of Nigeria by Egypt – which means that Nigeria would not participate in the Africa Cup of Nations 2017.
Pinnick said Samson Siasia would go back to his former role as coach of the U-23 side while stressing that the government wouldn’t have to pay for the services of a foreign coach.
“There is nothing to worry about the payment of salary for the foreign manager. His wages is going to be taken care of by the private sector. We’ve concluded that and it will not cost Government anything.”
“I feel saddened that we could not get a favourable result from here. But, we remain proud of this team. From what we have seen in their display, there is hope for Nigerian football.”
“We’re going to get a foreign manager for the team. And we are going to ensure that Nigeria qualify for the World Cup and do exceedingly well, too. We’ll make them utilize all FIFA windows to play quality friendly matches.”
“But, I must also commend the services of coach Samson Siasia who has shown his capacity in putting up a team we are all proud of. Siasia will go back to his U-23 team and prepare a team that will win Olympic gold for Nigeria.”
“We’ll give him all the necessary tools he needs to achieve that. I commend him.”
“It’s very unfair for people to ask me to resign. I was elected by the Congress and I’ll see off my mandate. Our Board has won Africa Women’s Championship in Namibia, FIFA U-17 and we’ve qualified for almost all major competitions during this period.”