Pinnick removed as CAF vice president

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has been removed as the Confederation of African Football 1st vice president. He was immediately on Thursday replaced by Congolese Omari Constant in a move that cleared all three vice presidents of CAF.

Mauritania FA boss, Fouzi Lekjaa and South Africa’s Danny Jordaan are now the second and third vice presidents respectively.

The Nigeria FA boss had replaced former Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, as CAF’s 1st Vice President in June 2018, following a FIFA ban to Nyantakyi, over a corruption case.

CAF insiders say the president Ahmad Ahmad, who replaced Issa Hayatou in 2017, no longer have the support of Pinnick, who played a key role in the defeat of Cameroonian Hayatou and the installation of the Madagascan as the new head of CAF.

The good relationship between Pinnick and Ahmad saw Pinnick rise rapidly but with the same speed it went sour soon after Pinnick became the vice president, with Pinnick’s decision to walk out of a controversial vote to order for a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League final, believed to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

A statement from the NFF Communications Department on Thursday said Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed by Ahmad after it expired on Thursday, due to “fundamental differences on focus and direction.”

“The term of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football along with that of the 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents expired today.

“In line with Article 22(4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place on Thursday), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF president, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice president respectively from among its members.

“Significantly, the renewal of Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF president because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.”

Pinnick was then quoted as saying: “It has however been an excellent opportunity to serve as the number two football administrator in the entire African continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast. I congratulate, Omari, Lekja and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively.”