Nigerian Federation Chief Pinnick Likens Arsenal's Saka To A Goldfish With No Hiding Place
Published: April 06, 2020
Nigerian Federation Chief Pinnick Likens Arsenal's Saka To A Goldfish With No Hiding Place
Nigerian Federation President Amaju Pinnick had nothing but praise for Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka as he spoke about foreign-trained players who can add value to the Nigerian national teams instead of other countries securing their services.

Pinnick has likened the Hale End Academy product to a goldfish with no hiding place, saying the winger does not need to lobby before he is invited to the Super Eagles.

Since the experienced Delta State administrator became the Nigeria Football Federation boss, foreign-trained players such as William Troost-Ekong, Carl Ikeme, Ola Aina, Brian Idowu, Joe Aribo, Maduka Okoye, Tyronne Ebuehi and Josh Maja have chosen to pledge their international futures to Nigeria over their countries of birth. 

In an interview with GoldMyneTV, Pinnick stated : "A lot of people call me, 'I have a boy that is very good, he's 21, he's an exceptional player, he can fit in into any team'.

"The first thing I say to them is that it's a lie. Once a player is exceptional, it's like a goldfish that has no hiding place.

"If you see somebody like Bukayo Saka for example, do you need anybody to sell that player? You don't need anybody.

"There are shortage of good players globally, so once a player is exceptional that player is a goldfish and he's surrounded by people that have interests immediately."

The 18-year-old Saka has established himself as a first team regular for Arsenal this season despite the presence of more experienced players, making 29 appearances in all competitions.

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