President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, says standing against former Caf President, Issa Hayatou, is one of the major risks he has taken in life.
According to Pinnick, who spoke with Vanguard, the other risk was appointing Gernot Rohr as head coach of the Super Eagles.
The Franco-German coach has led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup with a game to go and Pinnick believes that has justified his decision.
“I have taken two risks in my life since becoming president of the NFF. The first one is the employment of this foreign coach and the other was to go against Issa Hayatou as Caf President,” he revealed.
“And both risks have paid off. “But if they had gone the other way round I am not sure I will be standing here today.”
Speaking further, he revealed that: “Before I take some risks, I first pray to God, once I get the belief, I proceed to sell it to my board members and once they buy it, I make it public,” he explained.
“Today it has paid off, nobody believed that the Eagles would qualify with a game in hand. Nobody thought that Issa Hayatou could be beaten in the CAF elections, but it happened.”