The President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick,has been elected into the Fifa Council seat allotted to Africa.
Pinnick defeated Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu by 43 of the available 51 vote during the CAF General Assembly that held at the Royal Ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel in Morocco’s administrative capital on Friday, March 12.
The position is for a four-year term, and automatically makes Pinnick a Member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.
The Delta-born football administrator become the third Nigerian ever to occupy the seat after Late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu were the other two Nigerians to ever occupy the exalted post in the 37-member FIFA Council.
Four of Pinnick’s five rivals, Lamin Kaba Bajo (The Gambia), Wallace Karia (Tanzania), Nick Mwendwa (Kenya) and Andrew Kamanga (Zambia) threw in the towel before the vote and opted to back the Nigerian. General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi casted Nigeria’s vote