Sports Ministry backs Pinnick, advises discretion on CAF Presidency vote

Sports Ministry backs Pinnick, advises discretion on CAF Presidency vote

The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through the Youth and Sports Ministry, has thrown its weight behind the candidature of NFF President Amaju Pinnick for a seat on the Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football, at the polls scheduled for next month’s Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung in Abuja on Tuesday told Pinnick and members of his Executive Committee that the Government of Nigeria has given its blessing to Pinnick’s quest and will fully support him.

At the meeting in Abuja which had in attendance stakeholders in the Nigerian football fraternity, thenff reports that it was advised that the NFF boss should use his discretion to vote for the candidate who will best serve Nigeria’s footballing interest with regards to the CAF Presidential election. It was agreed that the interest of Nigeria should be paramount in all calculations.

Amaju Pinnick had openly declared his intention to cast his vote for Ahmad Ahma, president of Malagasy Football Federation who is challenging the incumbent CAF supremo Issa Hayatou who has been in office since 1988.

The meeting also resolved that other stakeholders in Nigerian Football who have suggestions/advice/recommendations should tender same through the NFF and not in the media.

The coast is thus clear for Pinnick, vice president of WAFU B, a member of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations and member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, to challenge Beninoise Anjorin Moucharafou for a seat in the supreme club for football administration in Africa, at the 39th Ordinary Congress of CAF in Addis Ababa on Thursday, 16thMarch 2017.

Only two Nigerians – Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo (of blessed memory) and Dr. Amos Adamu – have sat on the CAF Executive Committee in the body’s 60 years of existence. An attempt by former NFF President Aminu Maigari to join the club in 2013 ended belly up.