Amaju Pinnick, the embattled president of the Nigerian Football Federation and one of African football’s most colourful and divisive figures, has declared he will not run for re-election for a third term.
Pinnick, who has been in charge of the NFF since 2014 and is a close ally of FIFA President Gianni Infantino, has not exactly been a model of good leadership due to repeated allegations of corruption.
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Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that, after the Super Eagles were unable to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, his position came under even more pressure.
Pinnick, a member of the powerful FIFA Council, publicly declared during an interview on Arise TV that he would cooperate with whoever succeeded him as president, despite insisting that he has received calls from various sources urging him to stay in office.
Third term, no, no, he said.
Because there are so many Nigerians who are qualified to run Nigerian football, I’m telling you this.
The second of Pinnick’s two terms as president—the only one to do so—is set to end on September 20. Pinnick continued: “I will help and collaborate with whoever becomes the new (NFF) President, and that’s my promise.
“I’ll step in, but I’ll never get involved.”