The Nigeria Football Federation will take some “very, very difficult and impossible decisions” which could affect certain domestic competitions and national teams after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted NFF President Amaju Pinnick has said.
The global coronavirus pandemic has caused extensive financial losses to various sporting entities worldwide including in Nigeria where all football has been shut down since 19 March.
In an appearance on Sports This Morning on Channels TV on Monday, Pinnick said the NFF will have to adapt to the current situation and take decisions that reflect present realities.
Pinnick said the economic impact of the “Force Majeure” on NFF’s “optimum sponsor” AITEO means the federation has to re-think some of their plans for the year which could have an impact on domestic competitions and the national teams.
“By now we were meant to be celebrating the girls at the AITEO awards because female football has given to Nigeria what no other sector has given to Nigeria, so we decided that the 1999 set that got to the quarterfinal of the women’s World Cup would be celebrated.
“I’d already contacted [FIFA President Gianni Infantino] and he had accepted but we don’t even know if that will hold any more. Even if it would hold we have to do it very quiet. Our AITEO Cup the same thing.
“Even if you look at our optimum sponsor AITEO who are a major player in the upstream oil sector, the price of oil has come down. So post covid-19 it’s going to be very very tough.
“So the NFF will take some very difficult decisions, very difficult, very impossible decisions. So, we are going to engage critical stakeholders and also liaise with our bosses at the Sports Ministry in looking at things that we can realistically.
“We will look at our eleven national teams to see how best we respond. Every competition is important but there is a scale of preference and there are a lot of things we have to cut down on.”