Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has been chosen as the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) 1st Vice President.
This was contained in a letter from CAF, signed by the General Secretary, Amr Fahmy, to the NFF on Thursday, 5th July, 2018.
Pinnick secured the role after Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from his posts with CAF and FIFA due to corruption allegations leveled against him.
The development is a big step towards Pinnick being elected as a member of the FIFA council , the most powerful group in world football .
Football’s world governing body, FIFA, had initially suspended Nyantakyi for 90 days.
CAF announced that it will hold a vote at an Extraordinary Congress on 30 September 2018 in Egypt to fill the CAF 1st Vice-President function. But it now appears they did not wait for that time.
Nyantakyi and other football officials from around the continent were secretly filmed by undercover reporters receiving cash gifts as part of documentary by controversial Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Delta-born Pinnick has enjoyed prominence at both CAF and FIFA since he came on board as Nigeria FA Chief in 2014.
The 45 year old is vying for a second four-year term as NFF president, although, he has recurring case with Christopher Giwa who is also parading himself as NFF President.
Pinnick, also a member of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, is Match Commissioner for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final game between France and Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod.
He commissioned the group phase encounter between reigning European champions, Portugal and Iran in Saransk, as well as the Group G match between Tunisia and Panama in the same city.
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