The president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Melvin Amaju Pinnick has predicted that his country will one day win the FIFA World Cup, and possibly be the first African team to do so.
Although Nigeria are yet to equal the quarter-final feats of Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana, despite being the African country with most appearances at the Mundial (six since 1994, with only one miss in 2006), Pinnick says the Super Eagles will soon top the whole world at the global soccer showpiece.
Footballlive.ng reports that Pinnick is enthusiastic that the foundation being laid by his executive committee, now in an unprecedented second term tenure at The Glasshouse, will yield desired future dividends for the national team in World Cup history.
Pinnick disclosed his vision in Uyo, after featuring in a novelty match between SWAN Selected and Akwa Ibom Sports Arena team.
The NFF president, CAF vice-president and FIFA organizing committee member said he decided to play in the match to honour those who invited him and avoid being tagged an enemy of progress for refusing to participate.
Pinnick, who last weekend starred in a similar game for Lagos State chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, played in the colours of SWAN Selected side throughout the second half of Friday’s match in Uyo.
The former chairman of both Delta State Football Association and Delta Sports Commission said he was happy to participate in the game and described sports journalists as a critical part of the , foootballlive.ng hasgathereddevelopment of Nigerian football through reportage of the sector.
Pinnick added: “We believe in working together. It has been an amazing support from sports journalists. One day we will win the World Cup.”