Long-serving Caf President Issa Hayatou/Photo: Reuters
Long-serving Caf President Issa Hayatou/Photo: Reuters

By Andah John with agency report

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is in support of a challenge against long-serving President of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Issa Hayatou, in the body’s forthcoming election.

Advertise With Us

The Cameroonian is standing for an eighth back-to-back term of office, but faces opposition from Ahmad Ahmad, Madagascar’s FA boss.

Madagascar FA chief Ahmad Ahmad is a member of Caf’s Executive Committee

And in his chat with the BBC, NFF president Amaju Pinnick said the election will be “a defining moment for African football.”

He said Ahmad was “courageous” in challenging Hayatou for the exhorted position.

Pinnick believes the continental football body needs a “new generation” of leadership, following the change at the top of the world governing body Fifa.

He cited “post election differences between Gianni [Infantino, the new Fifa president] and Issa Hayatou which are irreconcilable.”

But 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 was quoted as saying.

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