The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is counting on the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Melvin Amaju Pinnick, to introduce innovations that would place the body at par with its counterparts from other continents. The body also expects Pinnick, who was one of the few FIFA members to head the organization of six matches at the just-concluded World Cup in Russia, to galvanise the continental competitions, including the African Nations Cup, to make as attractive and lucrative as the European and South American championships.
CAF executive committee members are currently meeting in Morocco to look at the continent’s football and find ways of furthering the growth of football in the country.
Pinnick was recently named CAF’s First Vice President to replace Ghana FA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was forced to leave the position due to his alleged involvement in corrupt practices.
Speaking at the meeting, CAF’s Third Vice President, Lekjaa Fouzi congratulated Pinnick for his latest appointment, saying the NFF boss has brought fresh air to football administration in the continent.
He paid glowing tribute to Pinnick’s intelligence and knowledge of the game, saying his wealth of experience would help African football’s development.
Fouzi said, “African football is lucky to have somebody as knowledgeable as Pinnick as one of its administrators and I hope he will bring the industry he has demonstrated in his FIFA duties to us. He is indeed worthy of his position as Africa’s number two football administrator.”
At the meeting were all the heads of African nations’ football associations, including CAF President, Ahmad, Senegal FA boss, Augustine Senghor and Pinnick, among others.