Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pinnick urges Edo to emulate Delta


'Tana Aiyejina

President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has urged Edo State to take a practical approach to sports revival in the state.

Pinnick said at the Edo State Government Workshop on Sports in Benin on Tuesday it helped Delta State to produce some of the best sportsmen and women in the country.

The former Delta State Sports Commission Chairman said, "Delta applied a practical approach to achieve results. For instance, we would go to a riverine village, wave like N100,000 to the youths from one side of the river and you would see about 40 Ijaw boys jump into the river.

"Our coach would watch out for their qualities and then pick like the best 20. We would then condition and train them and send them to France.

"At the National Sports Festival, if there are 40 swimming gold medals, we will pick 20 and leave the remaining 20 for the other states to share. It is a practical approach which can also help Edo State, though Delta remains number one."

Pinnick apologised to those who felt aggrieved during the course of his being elected as an executive member of CAF.

The NFF boss, who supported Madagascar's Ahmad Ahmad against Isaa Hayoutou in the March 16 CAF presidential election, defeated Beninoise Anjorin Moucharaf 32-17 to become the third Nigerian to become a member of the body's executive.

"I apologise to those I offended during the course of my election to CAF," Pinnick said.