President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has appealed to star players in the Nigeria Professional
Football League to snub foreign offers ahead of the African Nations Championship in Rwanda next year.
Pinnick hailed the exploits of the home based players and singled out Sunshine Stars midfielder Paul Onobi for praise
following his impressive show in Super Eagles recent 2-0 victory against Swaziland.
“We have stars that have held their pen and will not sign any contract before CHAN,” Pinnick told media.
“I’m very excited with the stars that make us proud on the field. We want to win CHAN and we know we can win it.
“If we can have Onobi (Paul) displaying that football artistry as a local player, another player came on and scored not a professional player for Super Eagles against Swaziland.
“It means CHAN title is within our reach and we can do it. In Nigeria, everything is possible, that i can assure. He lauded the contribution of the media in the growth of the domestic league but however, appealed for constructive criticisms against the the NFF leadership in the interest of developing the game.
“I wish to thank the media, for shaping and helping me alot. I’m a creation of the media, since 1999 when i was second vice chairman of the Delta Football Association. I will dedicate my good tidings to the media.
“I will assure that the leadership of NFF desires to make Nigerian football better. Our potential are huge, see what Amueneke did within six month by assembly a team that could beat any in the world.
“Eaglets exploits shows the enornimity of potential in the country. All we want from (the media) is constructive and instructive criticisms, not naive or destructive criticisms.
“If you look at Nigerian football, when you say things don’t look as if you’re destroying me (Pinnick), Shehu Dikko or Seyi Akinwunmi (Vice Presidents), you’re destorying Nigerian football because driving investors away,” he appealed.