- Amaju Pinnick who is the President of the Nigerian Football Federation has explained that he won't allow local players to move to unknown teams in Europe
- The FIFA council executive member made this assertion while speaking with the NPFL players in the United States
- However, former Nigerian international Taribo West stated clearly that Amaju Pinnick should not have said that
Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West has gone against the comments made by the president of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick to Nigerian players before the friendly against Mexico in America.
While addressing the Super Eagles home based players who played the encounter losing 4-0, Amaju Pinnick stated emphatically that his administration will no longer clear any home based player to join lower teams in Europe.
Amaju Pinnick stated this while urging the Super Eagles home based players to lift up their games so that they can attract bigger clubs in Europe.
According to the report on BBC, Taribo West explained that Amaju Pinnick has no right to dictate the destination of any player from the Nigerian Professional Football League.
"You cannot keep people against their will in a league that doesn't respect them, pay them, protect them or care about their welfare.
"Such comments from the head of Nigerian football are insensitive and embarrassing. Instead of improving and focusing on developing the structures around the league, you're dictating to adults where and how to earn a living."
During his time in the Super Eagles, Taribo West was one of the best defenders playing 42 games for the three-time African champions.
Led by Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, the Nigerian football legends took part in a football exhibition at the 2nd edition of the ACTDF, an initiative of the Noah Dallaji Legacy Project.
Thousands of fans storm stadium as Super Eagles legends Okocha, Kanu, others reunite to play tough game
The event which lived up to its billings also witnessed some ex-African football superstars and top Nigerian celebrities.
Aside from Okocha and Kanu, in attendance were the likes of Lua Lua, Fadiga, Appiah, Diouf, Amokachi, Babayaro, Eguavoen, Babangida, and more.
Others include Peter Okoye of PSquare, Waje, Ricardo Banks, Kaffy, Timi Dakolo, Emeka Rollas, Abubakar among many other stars.
Before the game, the team was well received at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu who offered his royal blessings.