A leading United States of America (USA)-based Nigerian media personality, Joi John, has called on the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick to immediately resign his position following the failure of the nation’s senior football team, the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2022 World Cup taking place in Qatar.
The Ghana team, the Black Stars, humiliated the Super Eagles by securing a 1-1 draw at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja on Tuesday after the two sides had played goalless draw in Kumasi, Ghana in the first leg.
The trouncing of the Super Eagles infuriated fans who went on rampage, invaded the pitch and destroyed facilities at the Abuja Stadium.
World football governing body FIFA has gone ahead to ban the Moshood Abiola Stadium indefinitely from hosting international competitions as a result of the violent reaction of the fans.
Joi John, who is also a sports journalist and administrator, insisted that sacking the Super Eagles technical crew is not enough, stressing that a more far-reaching action must be taken.
According to her, Pinnick should borrow a leaf from his Algerian counterpart, Charaf-Eddine Amara, President of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) who resigned from his position during the emergency meeting of the federal office on Thursday, March 31 in a clean sweep which also saw the entire Football federal office of Algeria stepping down.
John said it is not too much to expect the same “from Amaju Pinnick and his co-travelers on the NFF board,” noting that “apart from the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for a spot in Qatar at the World Cup, the embarrassing aftermath that led to FIFA banning the National Stadium indefinitely from hosting international competitions is enough for any right-thinking leadership to throw in the towel.”
She, therefore urged “Amaju Pinnick and his entire board to toe the path of honour and resign,” insisting that “it is the honourable thing to do.”