President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been appointed by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, as Vice president of the African soccer-ruling body
Amaju Pinnick replaces Kwesi Nyantakyi, who stepped down last month amid a corruption storm that hit the Ghana Football Association.
By this appointment, Amaju Pinnick has become the most powerful football administrator in West Africa and second most powerful in Africa.
In a letter to the members of the confederation, which was signed by its Secretary General, Amr Fahmy, CAF announced that Pinnick’s appointment would be ratified at the continental body’s next Executive Committee meeting in September.
The letter read, “Following the resignation of the 1st Vice-President Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick as 1st Vice-President.
“This decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para. 2 of the Statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 of September 2018.
“We thank you for kindly taking note.”
Pinnick was already serving in the Caf Executive Committee and interestingly, his appointment comes in the wake of the Nigerian Supreme Court ruling that he vacate his seat as the head of Nigerian football.
The former Delta State Commissioner for Sports Chris Giwa resumed at the Glasshouse office of the Nigeria Football Federation in Abuja, as the president of the football body on Monday.