NFF President Amaju Pinnick/Photo: AFP
NFF President Amaju Pinnick/Photo: AFP

By Andah John

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has been given the go-ahead by the Nigerian government to contest for a seat on the Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football (Caf).

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The Caf polls are scheduled for 16 March, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Pinnick was given the mandate following a meeting convened by Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Sports Minister had called for the meeting to state Nigeria’s position in the elections.

And the NFF boss and members of his Executive Committee were said to have briefed the minister, and at the end, he (Dalung) said the Government of Nigeria will fully support Pinnick.

The minister was also said to have endorsed Pinnick’s decision to vote for the President of Madagascar Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad, in his bid to become Caf president.

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

The gathering was said to have advised that the NFF boss should use his discretion to vote for the candidate who will best serve Nigeria’s footballing interest. It was then agreed that the interest of Nigeria should be paramount in all calculations.