By Oladapo Okeowo with agency report
Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has been congratulated by the FG on his victory at the Caf Executive Committee election.
Pinnick won after defeating the incumbent, Beninoise Moucharafou Anjorin, by 32 votes to 17.
With this win, Pinnick becomes the third Nigerian to serve on the executive seat of Caf.
The minister of Sport, Solomon Dalung, expressed his happiness at the presence of a Nigerian in Caf’s inner caucus after years in the wilderness.
He said: “When I became Minister, I asked why there was no Nigerian representative in the executive committee of Caf.
”With a population of over 170 million people, there is no way the Caf executive committee will be constituted without Nigeria as a stakeholder.
”I encouraged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to ensure that they are represented, hence our support for the president of the federation.
“This is a big achievement for Nigeria as we stage our return into African football politics”, Dalung said.
Dalung also advised the elected board to be magnanimous in victory and to run an all-inclusive government.