The Chaplain of the Super Eagles in South Africa 2013, Rev Eches Divine Eches has berated the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the team’s failure to secure ticket to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Rev. Eches, who is the incumbent Chairman of Imo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, spoke against the backdrop of the poor outing on Tuesday against Ghana who held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw to qualify on the away goal rule.
He decried what he termed as the self-centred leadership style of Amaju Pinnick that led to the team’s downfall, noting that he prides himself above the job.
The chaplain added that past Nigeria Football Federation leadership had sought for his spiritual opinion which led to tremendous success, but Pinnick failed to recognise all these which has led to damages of the Nigeria football fraternity.
He said: “The reason for our inability to qualify can be traced to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, especially the President, Amaju Pinnick.
“He is a young man that is doing well as a person and he prides himself with his personal successes, gains, contacts, wealth, connections and ability to meander to work through CAF and FIFA.
“But these successes of his are now rubbing off on the very foundation that gave rise to all these his successes and this directly got into his head that he seemed as the overall and that is why he cannot listen to advice.
“He wants to do whatever that is in his head and mind at all times. I know few times, I’ve reached out to him to see what we can do to provide spiritual assistance to the team.
“One, during the World Cup in Russia, I wanted to help in my little way before they used to invite me during the time of Lulu, Uchegbulam, Maigari were all humble enough to look for assistance from all angles to ensure that all hands are on deck at least to qualify for World Cup and others.
“He is full of himself that when you are making suggestions to him, he sees them as trash. Like yesterday, I saw terrible things about the match and what it will cost us like I did in our matches in South Africa where the NFF and Late Stephen Keshi insisted I must be around to assist the nation which I did without looking for monetary gain and the result is there for all.
Eches said he reached out to the Lulu led board when things were bad towards our qualification for the World Cup in Brazil and I know what we did then with the board, I reached out to Pinnick if I could speak with him. He said he was very busy.
“He has caused damage in the nation, our reputation in football is gone by this singular non-qualification. This calamity would have been avoided if only he had listened to me.
“Football is supplying unity and happiness and can’t be allowed in the hands of one man whose success has entered his head.”