FOOTBALL:NFF President Pinnick wins Fifa Council seat


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By Our Sports Desk

The Nigerian football administrator is among the six African leaders that will represent the continent on the Fifa Executive Council.

The President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the Fifa Council after a landslide victory.

Pinnick defeated Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu by 43 votes to eight during the Caf General Assembly held in Rabat on Friday.

He becomes the third Nigerian elected into the prestigious council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010).

Pinnick will be joined by Egypt’s Hany Abou Rida, Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa, Mali’s Mamoutou Toure, Benin’s Mathurin De Chacus and Sierra Leone’s Aisha Johansen in the main decision-making organisation of the world football governing body.

Prior to his success at the polls, Pinnick’s ambition was backed by the Federal Government of Nigeria .

The 50-year-old was re-elected as the NFF boss in 2018 and he is currently serving his second term after his first triumph in 2014.

Pinnick previously served as Caf vice-president in Ahmad Ahmad’s administration between September 2018 and July 2019, before he was removed and succeeded by Constant Omari.

In addition to his role as a member of Caf Executive Committee, the Delta-born administrator is also a member of the Organising Committee for Fifa competitions.

Pinnick started his football administration sojourn as the chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission in 2010 before his appointment as chairman of Delta State Football Association a year later.


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