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Group to mo­bilise funds for Pin­nick’s CAF pres­i­dency cam­paign

- By Ke­hinde Ab­dul­salam Nigeria News · Politics · Human Rights · Society · Abuja · Nigeria · Nigeria national football team · FIFA · South Africa · Africa · Danny Jordaan · Civil Society · Confederation of African Football · African Football Confederation · Rabat

Ahead of the 2021 Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) Elec­tive Gen­eral As­sem­bly, the Net­work of Civil So­ci­ety for Good Gov­er­nance, a coali­tion of over 87 Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions has de­clared sup­port for the Pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian Foot­ball (CAF) Amaju Pin­nick to emerge as the next CAF Pres­i­dent.

The CAF elec­tion will be held on 12 of March in Ra­bat Mor­rocco and in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als will be al­lowed to sub­mit their can­di­da­ture between Septem­ber 11 and Novem­ber 12.

At a press con­fer­ence held on Wed­nes­day in Abuja, the CSO said it had noted the wor­ry­ing trend of the ex­clu­sion of Nige­ri­ans from lead­er­ship po­si­tions in African mul­ti­lat­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions hence its de­ci­sion to can­vass sup­port for Pin­nick to be the next Pres­i­dent of CAF.

“To­day a very well qual­i­fied Nige­rian has an op­por­tu­nity to be­come Pres­i­dent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF), a po­si­tion never be­fore oc­cu­pied by a Nige­rian de­spite Nige­ria be­ing a foot­balling gi­ant even at the world stage and be­ing the only coun­try that par­tic­i­pates in all FIFA & CAF com­pe­ti­tions for all age groups and genders.

“The 87 mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions of the Net­work shall be em­bark­ing on a fundrais­ing drive to sup­port the cam­paign of Amaju Pin­nick for CAF Pres­i­dency, as we shall be do­ing for other suit­ably qual­i­fied Nige­ri­ans for in­ter­na­tional of­fices.” The state­ment read in part.

It would be re­called that Pin­nick was re­moved from his role as CAF First Vice-Pres­i­dent in 2019 – with South Africa’s Danny Jor­daan tak­ing his place – although no rea­son was given by Pres­i­dent Ah­mad Ah­mad.

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