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Sports Minister Walks Out on Pinnick, Dikko, Falode

The minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Monday walked out on top Nigeria Football Federation officials for coming late to a crucial meeting.

The president of NFF, Amaju Pinnick who in company of the second vice president of the federation, Shehu Dikko, and the chairperson Nigeria Women’s League, Aisha Falode came 4:20pm for a meeting scheduled for 4:00pm at the MKO Abiola National Stadium office of the minister.

In what was a like drama, Dare who is a stickler to time was on his way out for another meeting when he was stopped by the Pinnick who made frantic efforts to explain why he came late, but was unable to have the minister stay back.

Shortly after the minister and his entourage had left the scene, it was alleged that Pinnick who was shell-shocked and asked ‘we are just 10 minutes late, how can the minister leave us like that’?

According to a reliable source, the minister had been tolerating the overbearing nature of the NFF who seemed were trying to undermine his authority as the head of the sports ministry.

It was also gathered from the source that the meeting was to discuss about the welfare of the national U23 team who are preparing to leave Nigeria for Egypt for 2019 U23 African Nations Cup.

The meeting will also give both parties the opportunity to discuss on the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League next Sunday.

At press time we could not ascertain if the minister rescheduled the meeting with the NFF officials, but journalists who witnessed the scenario claimed that the minister by his action has shown to the NFF he has no acceptance for “African Time” ideology.

Earlier, the sports minister started that no federation is bigger than it supervisory ministry as the ministry top agenda is to open a new page for sports development in the country.

However, the minister later met with the NFF top officials and resolved to update FIFA on the progress Nigeria has made in the bid to host the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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