Senate yesterday charged
the newly elected executive
member of Confederation of
African Football, CAF, Amaju
Pinnick, to use his position to
ensure impactful representation
for Nigeria in boardroom
politics of the game of football
in the continent.
Chairman, Senate Committee
on Youths and Sports, Senator
Obinna Ogba (PDP Ebonyi
Central) gave the charge
while fielding questions from
journalists on the outcome of
CAF election that threw up
Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar
as the new CAF president and
Pinnick as one of the executive
Senator Ogba expressed
confidence in the ability and
capability of Pinnick to further
use his experience as the
president of Nigeria Football
Federation, NFF, to improve on
both the field and boardroom
politics of the round leather
According to him, the
outcome of the election portends
good omen for Nigeria with
the ouster of the former CAF
president, Issa Hayatou, and
the NFF president as one of the
executive members.
He alleged that Hayatou,
throughout his 29 years of
leading the confederation,
never in anyway favoured
Nigeria both at the boardroom
level and on the field of play.
“For most of the 50 years
of CAF existence as the
administrator of football
competitions among African
Countries, Nigeria has always
been shut out of the boardroom
politics which is very critical
to what takes place at field of
play but with Pinnick on board,
Nigeria expects nothing but
very impactful representation
with attendant development
like Nigerian referees being

more involved in officiating
CAF and FIFA matches,” he
Senator Ogba specifically
declared that Pinnick’s
executive membership of
CAF would surely served as
the needed tonic for Nigeria
to qualify for 2018 World Cup
He added that the Senate
and by extension, the
National Assembly, would
fast track the passing into
law a bill seeking for NFF
autonomy in running football
administration in the country
in line with the set standard of FIFA.