Sports Minister Solomon Dalung with NFF President Amaju Pinnick

By Andah John

Nigeria’s Minister of  Sports Solomon Dalung has called for an emergency meeting with the executive members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the forthcoming elections into the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

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The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Abuja.

Incumbent President Issa Hayatou is standing for an eighth back-to-back term of office, but faces opposition from Ahmad Ahmad, Madagascar’s FA boss.

Ahmad is a member of Caf’s Executive Committee.

And in an interview with the BBC, NFF president Amaju Pinnick had said the election will be “a defining moment for African football,” adding that the continental football body needs a “new generation” of leadership, following the change at the top of the world governing body Fifa.

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But some officials holding certain positions in Caf  have distanced themselves from Pinnick’s alliance with the candidate from Southern Africa, saying they were never consulted by the Nigerian FA boss.

And the Minister, is reported to have said Nigeria would first consider regional interests before any other consideration.

He is therefore expected to state the country’s position in the choice of candidate between incumbent Hayatou and his challenger Ahmad ahead of the elections which holds on 16 March, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, Pinnick is also vying for a post in the Caf Executive Committee from the West B Zone.