President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has praised the continuous effort of government across all levels for their steadfast approach to the COVID-19 pandemic whilst also thanking the citizens for being committed to the cause, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former CAF Vice President, who was speaking in a program monitored by AOIFootball.com on Monday, stressed the need to ensure more compliance with the stay at home order.
“I think from the Federal Government to the states, we have seen tremendous work that is being done. I want to commend everyone. The government strategy has paid off and it is going on very well.
“It is difficult to be in a leadership position because it is complex. We need to be supportive of the government so far and pray we come out of this soon. Nigerians have been supportive by staying at home. Kudos to everyone, we shall come out of this,” Pinnick said.
On the effect of the pandemic to the NFF, the country’s top football chief stated that they will almost certainly take tough decisions after the pandemic as one of their major sponsors have also been hit by the fall in the price of crude oil worldwide.
“There’s been a massive loss globally from TV rights from major leagues of the world- England, Spain, Italy and so on; players are taking pay cuts and so on.
“In Nigeria also we were meant to celebrate the 1999 set of the Super Falcons at our own NFF/AITEO Award but we are not sure we can go ahead this year. Aiteo, one of our major sponsors is even affected by oil prices slump. We will take some difficult decisions.,” Pinnick revealed.