Nigeria’s minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has reiterated that the country is yet to decide on who to support for the CAF presidency as the CAF general elections draws closer.
Dalung says Nigeria has not decided on which candidate to support at the forthcoming CAF election in March.
A statement from the minister’s media assistant, Nneka Anibeze, reads: “The Ministry of Youth and Sports says it has received with dismay press statements and interviews granted by some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) committing Nigeria to supporting a candidate at the forthcoming Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections.”
The minister, who dismissed NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s decision, said that his (Amaju) decision is only on a personal note and does not depict the general views of the Nigeria.
“As it is today, Nigeria has not taken a stand on the candidature of anybody contesting the CAF presidency and should not be misrepresented by anybody. Those aspiring into various offices of CAF are doing so as individuals and are advised not to use the name or image of Nigeria in order to boost their own political fortunes, ” Dalung stated.
“We will support what is good for football but we will exercise our rights through the laid down democratic process as guaranteed by the rules of the game. We are appealing to all candidates to go about seeking their support free of rancour and acrimony but should take the interest of the region into consideration. We wish them the best and God bless Nigeria .”
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Melvin Pinnick who is running for a CAF Executive seat, has openly thrown his support for Malagasy FA’s president, Ahmad Ahmad who is vying for the presidential seat.
CAF Presidential candidate, Ahmad Ahmad will challenge seven time CAF President, Issa Hayattou, who is running for the eight time.