The President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, Friday afternoon emerged winner of one of the six FIFA Council seats allotted to Africa.
The election, which held during the forty-third General Meeting of CAF in Rabat, Morocco, saw the Delta-born football administrator polling forty-three of the accessible fifty-one votes to become the third Nigerian ever to occupy the seat.
With four others in the race for the two slots allotted to Anglophone speaking a part of the continent stepping down for Pinnick, Malawian Walter Nyamilandu insisted on fighting until the end.
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And he received soundly beaten by the Nigerian who’s now one of the most powerful voices on international football today.
Late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu have been the other two Nigerians to ever occupy the exalted post within the 37-member FIFA Council.
Earlier, South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, emerged as the first English speaking president of the continental body.
All four others within the race stepped down for Motsepe, who’s the financier of South African club side, Mamelodi Sundowns.