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The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through the Youth and Sports Ministry, has further endorsed the candidature of NFF President Amaju Pinnick for a seat on the Executive Committee of Confederation of African Football, at the polls scheduled for next month’s Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
At a meeting convened by Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung in Abuja on Tuesday, Pinnick and members of his Executive Committee briefed the former, and at the end, Barrister Dalung said the Government of Nigeria has given its blessing to Pinnick’s quest and will fully support him.
With regards to the CAF presidential election also coming up at the same Congress in Addis Ababa, the gathering advised, just as the NFF Executive Committee had done in its meeting of Tuesday, 7th February 2017, that the NFF boss should use his discretion to vote for the candidate who will best serve Nigeria’s footballing interest. It was agreed that the interest of Nigeria should be paramount in all calculations.
Incumbent CAF supremo Issa Hayatou, the former 400m and 800m champion of Cameroon and who has been in office since 1988, is being challenged by Mr. Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Malagasy Football Federation.
The meeting also resolved that other stakeholders in Nigerian Football who have suggestions/advice/recommendations should tender same through the NFF and not in the media.
The session was attended by all members of the NFF Executive Committee, bar Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande and Mr. Chidi Ofo Okenwa who forwarded apologies for absence.
The coast is thus clear for Pinnick, vice president of WAFU B, a member of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations and member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, to challenge Beninoise Anjorin Moucharafou for a seat in the supreme club for football administration in Africa, at the 39th Ordinary Congress of CAF in Addis Ababa on Thursday, 16th March 2017.
Only two Nigerians - Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo (of blessed memory) and Dr. Amos Adamu - have sat on the CAF Executive Committee in the body’s 60 years of existence. An attempt by former NFF President Aminu Maigari to join the club in 2013 ended belly up.
Moroccan ambassador canvasses stronger ties with Nigeria football
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Nigeria, His Excellency Moha-ouali Tagma on Tuesday sought for stronger ties between the football ruling bodies of his country and Nigeria, during a courtesy visit to NFF President Amaju Pinnick in Abuja.
Ambassador Tagma, accompanied by deputy head of mission Abdellatif Jihaoui, expressed their conviction that stronger ties would benefit both countries that are continental powers in the game of football.
“Morocco and Nigeria already have very good relations in several areas of endeavor, and we believe that both countries have quality football Leagues that can become even stronger with shared templates and ideas.
“Personally, I am a football fan, and I cannot forget that outstanding Nigeria team of 1994. I believe the Moroccan League, which boasts of players from a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, can do with players from Nigeria.”
Pinnick, who was in company with a number of his Executive Committee members, including Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Ibrahim Gusau, Aisha Falode, Musa Duhu, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Babagana Kalli and Mohammed Alkali, and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi thanked the envoy and promised that the NFF will explore areas of further and stronger collaboration with the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF).
“Morocco, just like Nigeria, is a proud football nation and has produced a number of legends in the African game. The country has a very professional FA and a strong League, and it has excellent facilities to host major competitions.
“We are interested in better co-operation and collaboration with the FRMF.”
The NFF President and the 2nd Vice Pesident/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko are due in Morocco next Monday on invitation to peruse possible areas of further collaboration.

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