Governor Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, played Chief Host to Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick at the Edo State Government House where he was celebrated in a grand reception organised by the South-South Congress of the NFF.
Pinnick, a member of the FIFA Organising Committee, was recently elected into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Lauding Pinnick on his achievements, Governor Obaseki said: “It is worthwhile to celebrate our own, who has been elevated into executive positions in CAF and FIFA. If you do not celebrate your own, nobody will. By celebrating him, we are challenging him to go and do it. All the things that you have complained about Nigerian football; it is now your responsibility to come and fix it.
“We are truly proud of you; we are looking up to you, we believe that you do not only owe it as a duty to yourself and the country, but the entire continent to reposition sport, particularly football the way it should be,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, he also pledged the support of the Edo people to the NFF president who grew up and schooled in the state.
Pinnick, however, revealed that running Nigerian football administration was not difficult, but the environment needed to be repositioned to facilitate productivity.
The country, he explained, had people with football experiences as well as those interested in repositioning the game and with the required support and sponsorship, Nigeria would be have created an enabling environment for Nigerian football to develop.
“We have the calibre of people so it is just the environment that is difficult but by the grace of God, we are getting it right. We have secured a sponsorship in the history of Nigeria that no MD has secured. At least for the next five years, you will not hear again that our coaches are being owed.