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Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Melvin Pinnick wants change in CAF and will be backing Madagascar FA President, Ahmad Ahmad who runs against incumbent Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou AOIFootball.com has gathered.

Pinnick who spoke to the BBC in London, says the “election will be a defining moment for African football.”

According to Pinnick, CAF needs a new generation of leadership which has been informed by the recent change in leadership at FIFA with Swiss-Italian Gianni Infantino taking over the reins from disgraced former President, Sepp Blatter.

Madagascar FA Boss, Ahmad Ahmad challenges Issa Hayatou in March CAF elections
Madagascar FA Boss, Ahmad Ahmad challenges Issa Hayatou in March CAF elections

The Nigeria FA Boss also pointed at ” post election differences between Infantino and Hayatou which he says are irreconcilable.”

Infantino will be in Johannesburg later on Tuesday for a gathering of football federation leaders from across the continent.

He is also expected to visit Zimbabwe following the invitation of COSAFA boss, Phil Chiyangwa which strongly supports Ahmad’s bid.

Pinnick acknowledged that Hayatou could still win – but said if he did, the veteran Cameroonian would need to be open to different influences.

“You have to listen to a larger audience instead of just a tiny cabal, you have to know it goes beyond you,” Pinnick said.

“I will definitely work with him if he wins but my prayer is we need a bridge builder and that person is Ahmad.”

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