The Federal Government, through the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, has endorsed NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick for the upcoming CAF Elections.
Dalung gave Pinnick the all-clear for the CAF elections on Tuesday in Abuja after a 3-hour meeting at the Abuja National Stadium.
After deliberations, the Sports Minister accepted the explanations given by the NFF board as it concerns the NFF President’s bid to contest for a seat on the executive committee of CAF and also the board’s directive that he uses his “discretion” to vote for any of the two candidates vying for the CAF Presidential seat, that has Nigeria’s interest at heart.
“The board reaffirmed its earlier decision mandating Pinnick to contest for an executive position in CAF, and we collectively wish the president well in his bid and pray for his success. On the issue of the position of Nigeria, the board also mandated the president, who is a delegate at the election, to exercise his vote in the interest of Nigeria” Dalung stated.
“We have endorsed the candidacy of Amaju Melvin Pinnick to run for a seat on the CAF executive committee” Dalung further stated.
Fielding questions from newsmen at the event, Dalung was tact in his response when asked about Pinnick’s declaration on international media that Nigeria will vote for Madagascan FA President, Ahmad Ahmad.
“I listened to the NFF president’s interview on CNN very well; in all his submission, he was only expressing his opinion on a particular candidate he believes in. But the board has mandated him to go and exercise this vote in our national interest”, responded Dalung.
The CAF election is billed for the16th of March, 2017 in Addis Ababa.
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