The President Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has commended appointment of two Nigerians into key position in the Confederation of African Football.
Barrister A. U. Mustapha, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was appointed President of the CAF Board of Appeal, while CAF Assistant General Coordinator and organizer of the COPA Lagos Invitational Beach Soccer Tournament, Samson Adamu, was appointed CAF’s Director of Competitions.
The appointments were announced at the 40th CAF General Assembly in Casablanca, Morocco.
“We are glad with the appointments,” Pinnick said. “First, we should understand that these two Nigerians merit their appointments into CAF. Samson Adamu has been into football all his life, he speaks French and English fluently and a bit of Portuguese as well. He’s now at the helm of affairs of a very sensitive directorate in CAF.
“Recall when I got elected into CAF I said in support of the federations, we are going to inject Nigerians that we are not just going to be at the peripheral but an integral part of CAF and FIFA, and today it has come to fruition.
“We also have A. U. mustapha who has also been elected. He is a senior advocate of Nigeria elected into the CAF appeals board.”
“This is huge for us as a nation and we are happy it is happening at this time. Nigeria is a big nation and whatever we get internationally we deserve.I also want to thank the executive of CAF for deeming it necessary to appoint these Nigerians and we hope that their experience will come to play, Pinnick concluded.”
“With just 10 months into his tenure on the CAF Executive Committee, so many Nigerians have been appointed into either FIFA or CAF committees or offices. I am aware that there are more appointments coming for Nigerians,” Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF 1st Vice President, noted.
Apart from being in the CAF Executive Committee, Pinnick is also one of the strongest seven persons in CAF, being a Member of the Emergency Committee. He is also President of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Akinwunmi himself is a member of the CAF Committee for Youth Competitions, while 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko is in the Committee for Inter-Clubs Competitions and Club Licensing System.
Ibrahim Musa Gusau, member of the NFF Executive Committee is a member of the CAF Organizing Committee for the CHAN, and Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’, chairman of NFF Technical and Development Committee is in the same committee at CAF level.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Chief Obinna Ogba is member of the CAF Committee on Futsal and Beach Soccer; former NFF Board Member, Dr. Peter Singabele is in the Medical Committee while; Chisom Mbonu is a member of the Committee on Women Football.
Hon. Ayo Omidiran, ranking member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of NFF Women Football Committee, is a member of the organizing committee for the first –ever CAF Symposium on Women Football taking place in Morocco later this month.
Apart from the harvests at CAF level, Pinnick’s warm relationship with the FIFA top echelon has earned Nigeria rich rewards.
The NFF President himself is a member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions – one of the most influential panels of the world football –ruling body.
Justice Ayotunde Philips, a former Chief Judge of Lagos State, was 8 months ago elected a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber).
NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko has also been appointed a member of the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee.