The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has been voted in as a member of the CAF Executive Committee on Thursday, March 16, 2017 during the CAF Elections in the General Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Pinnick gained 32 votes, 15 more than his rival from Benin Republic, Anjorin Moucharafou, who garnered 17 votes to win the West Zone B seat.

Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, who ran against incumbent Issa Hayatou for the CAF presidency, was also victorious earning more of the votes than the Cameroonian, who has been president for 29 years.

Pinnick did not conceal his support for the new CAF president even amidst oppositions from some members of the NFF and big wigs in the country’s politics, who are in support of Hayatou because of political ties with neighbouring country Cameroon.

In attendance at the 2017 General Assembly in Addis Ababa were FIFA president Gianni Infantino and African Union chairman Moussa Faki.

Pinnick becomes the third Nigerian to seat on the executive of CAF after Late Orok Oyo and Amos Adamu..

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