Monday, May 16

FIFA Council Election: Amaju Seeks Federal Government Support, Visits Sports Minister

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Frankie Omokhua

Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, on Tuesday paid a visit to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in Abuja.

Pinnick’s visit was to discuss among other things, his intention to view for a position in the upcoming FIFA Council election.

In a release made available by the Media Office of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the NFF President tendered a letter, thanking the Federal Government for its support and pledged to be a good ambassador of Nigeria if elected into the FIFA Council.

Pinnick, a member of CAF Executive Committee who is in the know of the huge responsibility that awaits him appreciated the Federal govermment for agreeing to support his dream.

He used the ocassion of the visit to also thank the Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for their unflinching support since he emerged as NFF President in 2014.

For his part, Dare reiterated the need for Amaju to use his position and connections in CAF and FIFA to help promote and develop Nigeria and Africa football at all levels.

He expressed happiness to see a Nigerian aspire to be among the very best in the world as that is the only way the country can have a say in the committee of football playing nations.

Dare wished Amaju all the best and assured him that Nigerians will support him with their prayers.

At the moment only one slot is left for the Anglophone speaking nations which is what Amaju Pinnick is vying for.

It will be recalled that only two Nigerians have risen to the exalted position of Fifa Council members before. They are, Dr. Amos Adamu and Oyo Orok Oyo.

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