In an emergency committee meeting late on Tuesday 27th of October, Pinnick said regarding the allegations that he was involved in sabotaging the efforts of Segun Odegbami to run for the FIFA presidency.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has denied allegations by former Nigerian international, Chief Segun Odegbami that his failure to register for the forthcoming election for the FIFA presidency was due to sabotage from home.
In an emergency committee meeting late on Tuesday 27th of October, Pinnick said regarding the allegations.
“The federation met a couple of months ago and gave some conditions for anybody wishing to contest to meet, including getting endorsement from local federation; proof of eligibility as specified by the FIFA Electoral Code; endorsement from government because it is the country that you want to represent and endorsement from CAF. Now between Orji Kalu and Odegbami, it was Odegbami that substantially complied with our demands. Only last Thursday we got the final endorsement from the government for Segun Odegbami and we forwarded same to him.
As a federation ours was just to nominate, we thought that he had gotten the other endorsements and ours was to be the icing on the cake and at a point he said all he needed was our nomination and we thought he had other nominations because he is a very popular person not just in Africa but beyond. I did my best as president of NFF. I was calling him every one hour, I don’t think we did badly as a federation.
Ordinarily when you are going for a contest like this, there are 209 federations and you needed only five endorsements you should have gotten it.
And talking about the so-called sabotage, I don’t want to delve into such a sensitive area, I don’t think it is true, nobody could have arm twisted me. To me it is unfortunate that we lost out but we should leave it like that, I will say we have learnt our lessons.”
Many have condemned the failure of Segun Odegbami to participate in the FIFA elections even after getting the endorsement of the NFF before the deadline last Monday.