Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the FIFA Council today Friday, March 12, 2021,
Pinnick becomes the third Nigerian after Amos Adamu and Orok Oyo to be elected into the Council of the world football governing body.
The election was done during the CAF’s General Assembly which took place in Rabat, Morocco today (Friday).
After several step downs from various candidates prior to the elections, Pinnick and Malawi’s Walter Nyamilandu were the only two candidates remaining for the anglophone block reported completesports.
The President of the Kenya FA, Nick Mendwa withdrew from the race on Friday morning.
Prior to Mwendwa’s decision to pull out from contesting, he was seriously campaigning hoping to snatch the seat.
One of the strongest contender Andrew Kamanga of Zambia pulled out of the race two days ago to clear the way for Pinnick to collect his votes.
Another candidate who threw in the towel three days ago was Wallace Karia of Tanzania.
Nigerdeltaconnect earlier reported that, the Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi stated that everything is going as planned in NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s bid to have one of the seats available in the FIFA Council at the 43rd Ordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) holding in Rabat, Morocco tomorrow.
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The seats available for African slots in the Council is six and there are fourteen candidates from different parts of Africa contesting for those seats in the highest chamber of football’s world governing 37-member council tomorrow. Pinnick is going against opponents from five Anglophone countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Gambia. If he comes out victorious, Pinnick will be the third Nigerian to be in that chamber after the Late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr. Amos Adamu.
The NFF boss was lucky to be one of the 17 football personalities from the African continent that were cleared by FIFA’s Review Committee headed by Mukul Mudgal in the build up to the FIFA Council election.
Sanusi, who is already in Morocco, for the elections reportedly told The Guardian yesterday March 10, 2021 that he was positive Pinnick will get one of the seats at the end of the election tomorrow March 12, 2021.
He said: “Pinnick has a very bright chance, and I am optimistic he will win. We are still working here.”