Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick defeated incumbent and Malawi FA president, Walter Nyamilandu, to emerge as the third Nigerian after Amos Adamu and Oyo Orok Oyo to be elected into the FIFA Council at the 43rd CAF General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco. He won by 43 votes to his opponents 8 votes.
The election also means Pinnick became a member of CAF Executives as the fifth CAF Vice President after Austin Senghor (Senegal), Ahmed Yahaya (Mauritania), Souleiman Waberi, and Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco).
While, South Africa’s Dr. Patrice Motsepe was elected as the 7th CAF president at the 43rd General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.
Motsepe, who was elected unopposed, becomes the 8th president of CAF since 1957 and will be the first southern African to hold the position.
President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded Mr. Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on his election into the FIFA Executive Council.
The President said Pinnick, by dint of hard work, dedication and consistency, has proven to be an efficient football administrator.
The world has now taken notice of his competence by electing him into the FIFA Council and one of the Vice Presidents of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Buhari said.
The President noted that this feat of enhanced visibility and prestige of Nigeria in the international community is coming on the heels of recent elections of other well qualified and endowed Nigerians into strategic leadership positions in international organizations.
He urged Pinnick to see his new assignment as an opportunity to enhance Nigeria’s reputation and identity as a football loving country and optimally utilize the role of sports, through football, as a driving force to engender development, peace and stability at the regional and international levels.
“As an active supporter of the round leather game, the President joins other enthusiastic fans in Nigeria and across the continent in wishing the NFF president the best in his new position”, said Femi Adesina, the President’s media adviser.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare has also congratulated newly elected Executive committee member of Fifa and President of Nff, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on his success at the poll.
According to the statement from the Minister's Media Office, this is an opportunity for Nigeria and indeed the African continent.
The Minister charged Amaju to use his position to reposition Nigerian and African football.
"This is an opportunity to use your new position to make Nigerian, African and World football great again and make it better than you met it. This is the reward of hard work and unity of purpose. We are better off when we support our collective aspirations for the development of our great country. This is an honor well deserved"
The Minister had last week declared open support for Amaju , thus securing the backing of the Federal Government. The Minister was appreciative of the support of Mr. President and the efforts of the foreign Ministry.