The chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Mr. Amaju Pinnick has called on the leadership of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to, as a matter of urgency, apologise to the government and people of Rivers State for directing it to reverse its decision on the routine transfer of the General Manager of Sharks Football Club of Port-Harcourt.
Speaking in Asaba while receiving an award as Niger Delta Ambassador of Sports and Youth Development by the National Association of Niger-Delta Students NANDS, Mr. Pinnick who is also the chairman of the Delta State Football Association, DFA, said the action of the NFA smirks of personal agenda by some group of individuals with the aim of destabilizing the good work of the Rivers State government.
Describing the action as very sad, the Delta sports commission boss said it is curious that a normal routine re-deployment of a civil servant by its employers would be described as government interference when such a person was not elected but deployed to the club, having also served as an official of the Rivers State traditional rulerâ€™s council.
Mr. Pinnick wondered what has given the NFA the power to interfere with normal civil service re-deployment being carried out in Sharks F.C and called on the management of Sharks F.C to resist any pecuniary motive so expressed by the NFA over the posting in the club calling on them not to succumb to such cheap blackmail.
Calling on the leadership of the NFA to rescind its decision as it is an insult on the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amechi, who as leader of the PTF,Â aided the Super Eagles to qualify for the South Africa World Cup. Mr. Pinnick added that the NFA should see criticism as a tool to build it self instead of seeing it as castigation.