Pinnck named CAF First Vice President

Pius Ayinor

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Thursday, named the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the first Vice President of the continental football governing body.

This was stated in a letter sent to all football associations associated with CAF on Thursday, after what CAF described as consultations with the CAF Emergency Committee. The body confirmed Pinnick as a replacement for Kwesi Nyatakyi of Ghana who resigned his appointment as CAF first Vice President last month following a corruption allegation in his country.

Pinnick’s appointment took immediate effect in accordance with Article 27 Paragraph 2 of the statutes which is expected to be ratified by the Executive Committee on the 27th and 28th of September, 2018 in a scheduled session.

In a Communiqué from CAF, said CAF President Dr.Ahmad consulted the members of the emergency committee before the decision was reached.

The Communiqué reads, “The CAF President, after consulting with members of the emergency committee have appointed Melvin Amaju Pinnick as CAF 1 st Vice President.

“The decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para 2 of the statutes, which will be ratified by the executive committee in their session scheduled for 27 and 28 September 2018” the statement read in part.”

This appointment makes Pinnick the first Nigerian to reach that level.

Pinnick also doubles up as a CAF Executive Committee member and President of the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) organizing committee.