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The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, was elected to the Fifa Council after a landslide victory.

Pinnick defeated the president of the Malawi FA, Walter Nyamilandu, by 43 votes to 8 during the General Assembly of the CAF held at the Royal Ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel in the administrative capital of Morocco on Friday, 12 March.

Four of Pinnick’s five competitors, Lamin Kaba Bajo (Gambia), Wallace Karia (Tanzania), Nick Mwendwa (Kenya) and Andrew Kamanga (Zambia), were in the towel before the vote and decided to back the Nigerians. General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi cast a vote in Nigeria.

Pinnick becomes the third Nigerian elected into the prestigious council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010).

The position is for a four-year term, and automatically makes Pinnick a Member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.

Reacting to his victory, Pinnick on his IG page, wrote;

”I thank God Almighty for this day. FIFA COUNCIL dream is now a reality.”

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