President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, says he hasn’t made up his mind to seek reelection for a third term as head of the country’s football governing body.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Pinnick stated that he will make his decision known this week.
The 51-year-old, who is winding down his second term in office, is reportedly seeking a third term in office, ahead of the NFF elections in September.
Last week, several reports quoted the football administrator saying he had received several calls from “very influential Nigerians” to seek re-election.
However, Pinnick, in a recent chat with Punch admitted that there had been pressure on him to contest in the forthcoming elections, but added that he was yet to decide on whether to vie or not.
“I have not said that I’m going to contest, but I must respect the fact that many meaningful Nigerians want me to continue,” he said.
The NFF president’s latest comments are contrary to his stand in April after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the world cup.
While refusing to bow to pressure to resign then, following the team’s failure to qualify for Qatar 2022, Pinnick stated he won’t run for a third term.
“Some people say, ‘oh, take responsibility and resign.’ I’m a soldier, I’ll stay till the end of my tenure.
“I’m eligible to run (for a third term) based on the status. Do I want to run? It’s a no no, my family is very key to me, they said it’s taking its toll on me and the family. They believe that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on. It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best,” Pinnick told the press