A former Super Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh, says the emergence of Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick as a member of the FIFA Council makes no difference for Nigeria.
According to him, Pinnick’s emergency is only a good achievement for the NFF president, not for Nigeria.
Pinnick was last Friday in Rabat, Morocco, elected into the FIFA Council which is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.
Oliseh while Reacting to a question on his expectation from the NFF boss over his emergence as a member of FIFA Council, noted that FIFA has a structure that protects the interest of every country.
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Oliseh said, “As an individual, I think it is great for President Amaju Pinnick that he has gotten that vote into the council. I think it is very good for him. But as a nation – Nigeria, it does not make any difference. I am a member of the FIFA Technical Committee for eight years.
“We as a technical committee propose changes from the technical side of how football should be developed. But at the end of the day, everything proposed has to be sanctioned by the executive group. We only propose. This council has so many people in it. They vote and talk about an issue, but at the end of the day, the executive committee decides.
“It is good for Pinnick, no doubt, I am happy for him, but for Nigeria, it doesn’t make any difference.
“For instance, I was on the technical committee for years. I was there when we played the Olympics in 2016, World Cup in 2014, but at the end of the day, did Nigeria get to the final? No.
“Look at it from another perspective, Sepp Blatter was the FIFA president for over 20 years, how many times did Switzerland qualify for the World Cup?”
The FIFA Council is a combination of over 37 men chosen from the nations of the world, who are charged with the responsibility of FIFA governance in terms of structure, decision, policy formulation, and making sure that the policies are well implemented.
Pinnick, who is also a Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, swept aside incumbent Walter Nyamilandu by 43 votes to 8 at the elections held in Rabat, and is now only the third Nigerian to take a seat on world football’s highest decision-making organ after Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu.