|Barr. Solomon Dalung and Amaju Pinnick|
Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has criticized Amaju Pinnick who is the current president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on his stance on the choice of candidate for the forthcoming CAF election. He said that the NFF President’s position is his personal decision.
At the week, Pinnick said Nigeria will be supporting the Madagascar FA boss, Ahmad at next month CAF election holding in Addis Ababa and not the current president, claiming that CAF needs a “new generation” of leadership.
However, the special Assistant on Media to the minister,Nneka Ikem Anibeze, speaking to the press, stated that he was surprised by press statements and interviews granted by some officials of the NFF (making reference to Pinnick) rallying Nigeria to supporting a particular candidate.
He said,“As it is today, Nigeria has not taken a stand on the candidature of anybody contesting the presidency and should not be misrepresented by anybody. Those aspiring into various offices of CAF are doing so as individuals and are advised not to use the name or image of Nigeria in other to boost their own political fortunes.
“We will support what is good for football but we will exercise our rights through the laid down democratic process as guaranteed by the rules of the game.
“We are appealing to all candidates to go about seeking their support free of rancour and acrimony but should take the interest of the region into consideration. We wish them the best and God bless Nigeria.“
Also, Barrister Chris Green came out to counter Pinnick saying that the NFF president’s position was “really not the position of the Federation, said that “I do not think the board sat, deliberated and decided that we should go for a particular candidate – no, we’ve not got there yet.”