President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has refuted claims that the Super Falcons were being neglected, while more attention is given to the Super Eagles although he accepted that the body truly did not start well with the female team, but asserts that everyone in the team is now happy.
Pinnick said “I only make people understand that there are some points (like the 2018 World Cup) where we need to focus on our main brand, the Super Eagles. The Super Falcons are the most successful female football team in World Football, not just in Africa. They have nine African titles, Germany has eight in Europe and the United States has eight in CONCACAF.
“I take responsibility that we did not start well with the Super Falcons, but so far, we have made them happy and every promise we made to them has been fulfilled,” he said.
The NFF boss also reiterated its commitment to building a transparent federation which is interactive with people and open to constructive criticisms.
Speaking in Lagos recently, Pinnick stated that the transparency of the Glasshouse is what is attracting sponsors to the NFF continually, as the board under his watch, aim to take football sponsorship from the government, stressing that there is the need to consolidate the relationship between the NFF and sponsors the more.
According to Pinnick, “We are accountable to the people. We want to build a very robust football federation that is quite interactive, where people can even criticize us constructively and advise us on steps to take, to be much more successful.
According to him, “Sponsors do not have anything to lose if they leave us alone. So we need to convince them and tell them why they should put money into football.
“They were very happy seeing our financial details of the year published in various newspapers. What more proof do you need to show that you are working with people with credibility?”