Pinnick to get corporate help

Newly-elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has promised to attract corporate sponsorship to the Federation.

The 43-year old administrator defeated Dominic Iorfa and Taiwo Ogunjobi in a run-off election in Warri on Tuesday, September 30 to get the NFF top job.

Pinnick says the NFF will, under his administration, enjoy some level of financial autonomy as corporate bodies have already started indicating interest to partner with them.

“A lot of them I have had dealings with in the past are ready to work with us,” Pinnick said.

“It is a case of looking at the current members of the Executive Committee and being able to trust them with your funds so we believe there will be a healthy relationship between this group and the private sector.”

Under his leadership, Delta State was able to raise close to one billion naira in sponsorship, aside government funding.

The Delta State FA Cup has also had sponsorship from the private sector with the winners getting prize money, a development strange to the Nigerian setting.

Elections into the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation were highly disputed and politicized and left Nigerian football in uncertainty since the FIFA World Cup Brazil ended in July.

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