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Tinubu Backs Amaju Pinnick’s Re-Election Bid Into FIFA Council

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has announced support for Nigeria’s bid to be reelected to the FIFA Council, the main decision-making body of the organization.

Nigeria’s current representative on the council, Amaju Pinnick, who is also a two-term President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), was first elected to the FIFA Council in March 2021.

He is seeking reelection.

The FIFA Council, which is comprised of 37 members who serve four-year terms, plays a crucial role in the decision-making process of FIFA.

Tinubu’s support for Nigeria’s bid was made public in a statement on Tuesday evening by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

“President Bola Tinubu expresses strong support for Nigeria’s bid for re-election into the FIFA Council.

 

“The FIFA Council is the principal decision-making organ of the organization in the intervals of the FIFA Congress.

“The Council comprises 37 members elected by the FIFA Congress for a renewable term of four years.

“Mr. Amaju Pinnick, two-term President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), was elected into the Council in March 2021 – the third Nigerian after the late Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr. Amos Adamu.

 

“Mr. Pinnick is seeking re-election into the Council, and President Tinubu supports the bid for Nigeria to retain its seat in the Council,” the statement reads.

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Paris 2024: Super Falcons Lose 1-0 To Canada In Friendly

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons fell to a slim 1-0 defeat against Canada in their friendly at the La Quinta Football Centre, Malaga, on Wednesday night.

Olympic champions Canada dominated the opening exchanges and scored the decisive goal in the 18th minute.

The Super Falcons had numerous chances to equalise but were let down by their poor finishing.

Paris Saint-Germain’s new signing Jennifer Echegini hit the woodwork seven minutes from time.

The defeat was Super Falcons’ first in 2024.

Randy Waldrum’s side will now shift attention to their opening fixture against Brazil at the 2024 Olympics.

The Group C clash will hold at the Stade Bordeaux next Thursday.

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Mikeli Spotted With Ancelotti, Modric At Real Madrid Training Camp

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Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has been spotted at Real Madrid’s training camp.


Mikel Obi posted a couple of photos of himself on Instagram stories.

One of the photos saw him pose with Luka Modric, who will become the new Madrid captain.

“Congratulations on extending your contract,” Mikel Obi wrote.

Modric has extended his stay with the LaLiga champions until June 2025.

In another video, he posted himself in conversation with Lucas Vazquez with the caption: “We all used to hate pre-season training. I get it.”


There are also pictures of Mikel Obi, manager Carlo Ancelotti and Los Blancos legend Raul Gonzalez.

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“Moment Of Madness” – Pinnick Speaks On Osimhen’s Rant Against Finidi

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Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has described Victor Osimhen’s recent outburst against former Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George “as unfortunate.”

Osimhen blasted Finidi for reportedly questioning his dedication to the Super Eagles after he pulled out of the team’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic.

The Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw with Bafana Bafana of South Africa while they lost 2-1 to the Cheetahs of Benin Republic.

The disappointing results put the team in danger of missing out on a place on the Mundial for the second consecutive edition.

Pinnick revealed he spoke with Osimhen and expressed disappointment over the footballer’s action.

“Let me dwell on Osimhen’s case. It was quite unfortunate. That ranting was so unfortunate. I put a call through to Osimhen and I made him understand that I didn’t like what he did and he spoke to me with remorse. And I told him to channel his remorse to the appropriate quarters,” Pinnick said on Arise TV.

“Osimhen has always come to me, we discovered Osimhen. It was during my first tenure. In fact, that was the first trophy I won as the president of NFF when he led us to Chile and he was the highest goal scorer.

“I don’t know what went wrong. It was just a moment of madness so to speak. But, that is not the Osimhen that I know. Osimhen comes to me as a very humble boy, I don’t know others and we have maintained that relationship. “

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