Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has dedicated the African Football Alliance Award he received in Johannesburg on Saturday night to the NFF executive committee, members of the federation’s congress, as well as its sponsors and partners.
Speaking in Asaba yesterday, Pinnick said the road would have been rougher without the full support, courage and vision of the NFF board, the emboldening encouragement and unity of the members of congress and the heartwarming and helpful financial support of sponsors and partners.
“I stand here today as President of the NFF and First Vice President of CAF thanks to the vision and full support of my colleagues on the NFF board, the oneness and impregnability of the NFF congress and the financial lifeline provided by our sponsors.
“The government of Nigeria does so much to support our programmes and our sponsors also put in a lot,” Pinnick said as he received the African Football Leadership Award, a few hours after the Super Eagles made sure of a place at next year’s AFCON finals.
Pinnick is also the President of the Organizing Committee for the AFCON, which for the first time will welcome 24 teams next year summer.
Also honored on the night were Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, who received the Africa Football Development Excellence Award, for his long –standing and continued support to football in Plateau State and Nigeria at large.
The NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi got the African Football Development Recognition Award for his well–known passion, commitment and investment in grassroots programs.
AFA Convener, Gerrit Davids said the Awards programme had the objective of encouraging more people to take leadership roles within football and to share knowledge on the best way to make African football truly great.