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President of the FIFA-recognized executive of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been appointed as the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). A statement on the CAF website reads:
“Following the resignation of the 1st Vice-President Mr. Kwesi NYANTAKYI, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr. Amaju Melvin PINNICK as 1st Vice-President. This decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para. 2 of the Statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 of September 2018.”
It is unclear if this appointment will have any effect on the ongoing crisis in the NFF after the Chris Giwa faction took over its secretariat following a Supreme Court judgement in his favour.
These are interesting times for Nigerian football and we hope that the conflict can be resolved as quickly as possible to avoid a possible FIFA ban which might prevent Nigeria from participating in the next, Africa Cup of Nations, which is currently scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon with Morocco as a possible replacement if CAF concerns about poor preparations are not addressed.