By Esther Egbe
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick has denied a report that claimed “a top official of AITEO group” had stated the company was not happy with the way the AITEO Cup competition was being handled by the football –ruling body.
National Daily gathered that “AITEO Group has continued to express delight at the visibility they are getting from the relationship with the Nigeria Football Federation. Top officials of AITEO Group were with the NFF in Uyo and Yaounde during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers earlier this month, and they have continued to talk about their satisfaction with the relationship and the way everything is going.
“The story is borne out of sheer mischief. The attempt was to rock what amounts to be the biggest partnership in the history of Nigerian Football but it has failed.”
National Daily learnt that Pinnick showered encomiums on AITEO Group for the noble steps they have taken to boost Nigerian Football and said the report was uncalled –for at a period positive results are gladdening the hearts of members of the football fraternity.
“AITEO Group is very happy with the handling of the sponsorship agreements on coaches’ salary and AITEO Cup. They are overjoyed we even went farther than the agreement by paying even coaches who were owed by previous NFF administrations.
“That report is not correct. It is sheer blackmail because I speak with the top echelon of AITEO everyday and they are so happy with the NFF that they are even asking to take over more properties of Nigerian Football. We are looking at the FIFA World Cup ticket; our boys are making progress at the WAFU Cup and; things are looking up.