Breaking News

NFF boss, Pinnick refuses to rule out CAF presidency bid

Kindly Share This Story:
NFF boss, Pinnick refuses to rule out CAF presidency bid

President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick seems to be considering a bid to stand in next year’s Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidential elections.

Applications to stand in March’s elections are already open and close on 12 November but Pinnick says there are a lot of factors for him to consider before committing to being on the ballot paper. The 49-year-old Nigerian admitted he had wanted Ahmad to stay on for at least a second term but he now seems to have changed his mind.

“From the beginning, the idea was to have the incumbent Ahmad to get re-elected for a second tenure or even a third tenure,” Pinnick told BBC Sport Africa. “But the issue of trust started coming in and that’s what led to the initial breakdown (with Ahmad) but in football politics, you never say never.”

ALSO READ: Mourinho challenges Alli to earn his place at Spurs

He did not give further details on his relationship with Ahmad but last year Pinnick lost his role as a Caf vice-president, without explanation. Pinnick believes that Caf has a lot of issues that need to be addressed but that he has a lot of things to consider before he decided if he will stand in the polls.

“The truth is that you need to look at indexes, you have to look at your family – family is the most prized asset that I have – so for example if my family said “don’t” then I won’t,” he insisted.

ALSO READ: Police arrest man for allegedly posing as aide to AIG, defrauding people

“Then you have your larger family which is your football family – your exco your congress – if they decide to give you the go-ahead then you go to the government. “Then from the government, you also look at some of your friends, it is not easy you have to consult your zone,  you have to consult your colleagues because they are the voters.

“You have to let them know that even if you get elected we will need to look at the reality.

“What is the reality? There are a lot of things wrong fundamentally in Caf right now – our credibility is at the lowest ebb our integrity is nowhere to be found – so we have a lot of challenges unless we keep deceiving ourselves.


Kindly Share This Story:
All rights reserved. This material and any other digital content on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from VANGUARD NEWS.


Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!