Caf 2017 Polls: Pinnick Finally Gets Nigeria’s Backing To Contest Seat & Vote Ahmad


The President of the Nigeria Football Federation Mr Amaju Pinnick has been officially endorsed to run for a seat in the executive of the Confederation of African football.

The endorsement was reaffirmed by the board members and the federal government represented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung who presided over an emergency meeting today in Abuja.

After due consultation with the board members, the Minister concluded that Mr Pinnick had the full support of the board to contest for an executive position in CAF and vote for the best candidate who will bring value to Nigeria as a country as well as its football.

“We collectively wish the president well in his bid and pray for success. On the issue of the position of Nigeria, the board also mandated the President who is a delegate, to exercise his vote in the interest of Nigeria. Every country is going there to measure its own national interest . You cannot give your daughter out in marriage to somebody you don’t know therefore anyone seeking your vote must come to Nigeria to declare his intention.”

Barrister Dalung urged the board to ensure an uninterrupted channel of communication amongst members and between the NFF and the Ministry to avoid conflict and misinformation.
He noted that the discordant tunes from other members and its leadership made him call for the meeting .

“The problem here is that of a breakdown of communication. Since the board has given the President the mandate to vote for and represent you at the forthcoming CAF elections, you all must speak with one voice and if there are changes along the way, the leadership must reach out to other members and come to an agreement.”

Barrister DALUNG however advised Mr Pinnick to be tactful and discretional in his campaign as the pendulum of politics could swing either way.

The President of the NFF thanked the minister for his fatherly role in mediating whenever there was conflict of interest. Pinnick promised that whatever decision the board takes will be in the best interest of the country.

“I promise that my support and interest is one hundred percent in the interest of Nigeria. If we were getting seven seats in committees now we will get more. I apologize to those who felt bad about the method I went about the campaign but we are one big united family and at the end we all will be better for it”
Pinnick said.

The meeting ended with the Minister giving his blessing to the President as he joined the board members to wish him well in his outing. The CAF elections are due in March this year.