Nigeria stares down the barrel of CAF election tomorrow

All eyes will be on the Confederation of Africa Football election holding tomorrow and the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick,  who has given his full backing to Madagascan FA President Ahmad Ahmad in his bid oust incumbent Issa Hayatou in the Presidential election ignoring calls for caution and discretion from many quarters.

Hayatou, who is the favourite to win, has led the Africa football body for just under three decades is up for an eighth term. Should he win things could get uncomfortable for the NFF but Pinnick insists a change is needed for the continued growth of African football.

Speaking on CNN a few weeks back,  the President said it was time for another generation to take the reins, “I’m a hundred percent in support of Ahmad Ahmad and I don’t have any regrets about it. [If he wins the election] It’s not going to be Ahmad that wins it is African football, even if Hayatou wins again it is African football that wins but we are very very keen on this change.

“Because football money is not kept in the banks, football money is on the pitch and off the pitch, developing the game. CAF as we all know has a huge reservoir of funds in the bank and it’s not meant to be.”

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Ahmad Ahmad

With FIFA yet to decide how many slots each association will get in the expanded format, Pinnick believe Madagascan Football President Ahmad Ahmad is the man to represent Africa in those discussions, “We’re looking at a minimum of 10 slots for Africa.”

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Ahmad Ahmad with the Minister of Sports and other officials

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