President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has said he won’t resign from the position despite calls for him to do so.
The calls for Pinnick’s resignation grew after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup holding in Qatar.
Speaking to Arise TV, Pinnick stated that he has taken responsibility for the failure, but as a soldier, he won’t resign as NFF president.
“Some people say, ‘oh, take responsibility and resign.’ I’m a soldier, I’ll stay till the end of my tenure,” Pinnick said.
“Taking responsibility doesn’t mean you are guilty, it’s just a courtesy out of maturity and out of the fact that you don’t want to ascribe blames to your subordinates. It’s quite unfortunate knowing that you didn’t do anything, knowing that you had sleepless nights.
“We did everything, but unfortunately we are out and we’ll bury our heads, but we’ll learn, that’s the beautiful thing. So, basically, we need to move from step one to step two.”
Pinnick, however, excused the federation from blame for the Eagles’ failure to qualify for the World Cup, saying the entire team was given everything they needed to pick a ticket for Qatar 2022.
“We sat down with the players and made them to know the importance of that game and we gave them everything. Up till this moment, I don’t think you can fault the NFF. You can fault us in the past, but in these two games (versus Ghana), with all due respect, I think we are faultless. But like I said earlier, I take responsibility as head of the football federation in Nigeria.”