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Pinnick becomes third Nigerian to win FIFA Council seat



Amaju Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has emerged as a member of the FIFA executive Council following his election in Morocco on Friday.

This was confirmed at the 43rd edition of the Ordinary and Elective General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the city of Rabat.

Pinnick and 13 other football administrators from Africa were running for the six seats allotted to the continent in the 37-member FIFA Council.

His election followed the withdrawal of Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa, which left just two contestants in the race for the two spots meant for Anglophone Africa.

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Mwendwa’s withdrawal comes two days after one of the biggest contenders for the council seat, Andrew Kamanga of Zambia pulled out of the race.

50-year-old Pinninc becomes only the third Nigerian ever to represent Africa at the FIFA Executive Council, after late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu.

Meanwhile, at the Assembly, the 52 member nations present voted to expand the number of CAF vice-presidents from three to five.

All five together with a General Secretary would work with South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, who was elected unopposed as President on Friday.

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