Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation has won the FIFA council seat in a keenly contested election.
He defeated Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu by 43 votes to eight during the CAF General Assembly that held at the Royal Ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel in Morocco’s administrative capital on Friday, March 12.
Before the election, 4 out of the 5 contestants, Lamin Kaba Bajo (The Gambia), Wallace Karia (Tanzania), Nick Mwendwa (Kenya) and Andrew Kamanga (Zambia) stepped down for Pinnick.
Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, casted Nigeria’s vote.
Pinnick becomes the third Nigerian elected into the prestigious council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010).
The position is for a four-year term, and automatically makes Pinnick a Member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.