NFF President Amaju Pinnick

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Melvin Amaju Pinnick as its 1st Vice President, following the resignation of former vice-president and Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi over allegations of bribery and corruption, reports.

Pinnick has been a major driving force in CAF since the election of Ahmad Ahmad as President and has continued to prove doubters wrong by flying the country’s flag in African and world football politics.

Pinnick’s appointment was necessitated in a letter signed by CAF General Secretary, Amr Fahmy which was dated July 5, 2018, following the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi who formerly held the post.

“Following the resignation of the 1st Vice President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee has appointed Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick as 1st Vice President.

“This decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 paragraph 2 of the Statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 September 2018. We thank you for kindly taking note,” the statement read.

The Delta State-born football administrator’s appointment further adds more feathers to his cap as he currently heads the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) committee which is in charge of organising the continent’s flagship event while he is also a member of the Organising Committee of the FIFA World Cup.

Pinnick is however currently in Russia on official duties and will take charge of the first quarter-final clash on Friday between France and Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod, as well as the first semifinal match scheduled for Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Arena on Tuesday and the third-place match at the same venue on Saturday.

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