Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has been elected into the FIFA Executive Council.
The President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the Fifa Council after a landslide victory.
Pinnick defeated Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu by 43 votes to eight during the Caf General Assembly held in Rabat on Friday.
He becomes the third Nigerian elected into the prestigious council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010).
The former Delta Football Association (DFA) Chairman was also elected as the fifth vice-president of CAF.
Prior to his success at the polls, Pinnick’s ambition was backed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nebolisa Anako.
“On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and all Nigerians, we hereby pledge our unflinching support to Mr Pinnick because his victory would be our collective victory,” a part of the statement read.
“[Sports Minister] Mr Dare believes Amaju can use his position and connections in Caf and Fifa to help promote and develop Nigeria and African football in all ramifications.
“Let us be resolute and firm in our support…This is no time to stand on the fence, but to be partakers in the scheme of things.”