President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick yesterday clarified why he decided to drop from the CAF Presidency race and opt for FIFA Council membership.
The NFF boss declared at the signing of an automobile partnership between the football federation and CIG Motors in Lagos that his time to rule African football would come saying:
“If you have a dream, and you meet another person with a bigger dream, you have to support that person. For now, my support in the CAF presidential race is for Patrice Motsepe of South Africa. I decided to go for FIFA Council membership because both FIFA and CAF have a dream to reposition football around the world.”
Under the new arrangement, the South African bloc is expected to back Pinnick since Motsepe’s presidential bid means that South Africa’s Danny Jordann can no longer apply for the FIFA Council role that he has long coveted.
And if Motsepe wins the CAF presidential election, Pinnick automatically becomes a FIFA Council member as a Vice President.
The next Elective Congress of the Confederation of African Football is scheduled for March 21, 2021, in Rabat, Morocco.
If Pinnick wins the FIFA Council membership, he becomes the third Nigerian to occupy the seat after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980 to 1988) and Amos Adamu (2006 to 2010).
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