The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been voted into the FIFA Council – the highest decision-making organ in world football.
Mr. Pinnick secured his entry into the 37-member FIFA Council after he defeated his only rival, incumbent Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi last Friday in Rabat, Morocco came at the 43rd Ordinary and Elective General Assembly of the Confederation of Africa Football.
He beat Nyamilandu by 43 votes to 8 at the Congress held inside the Royal Ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel in Morocco’s administrative capital.
Lamin Kaba Bajo (The Gambia), Wallace Karia (Tanzania), Nick Mwendwa (Kenya) and Andrew Kamanga (Zambia) were four other candidates who withdrew from the race at the eleventh hour and to rather back the Nigerian.
General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi cast Nigeria’s vote.
Mr. Pinnick has been the leader of the NFF has for six-and-half years now.
He has become the first person to be democractically elected for a second term.
He has served as CAF’s 1st Vice President, is still serving as Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, and now an exalted member of the world’s highest decision-making organ for football.
The elevation is for a four-year term, and automatically makes Pinnick a Member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.
By virtue of his victory, Pinnick thus becomes the third Nigerian to serve in world football’s highest decision-making body, after the late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu.