Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President , Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been appointed the President of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations – the most important committee in the workings of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) aside the Executive Committee.
At the inaugural meeting of the CAF Executive Committee, which took place yesterday in Manama, Bahrain, on the margin of the 67th FIFA Congress starting today, Pinnick was also named the President of the CAF Media Committee.
The NFF supremo will have President of the Zimbabwe Football Federation, Dr. Philip Chiyangwa as his deputy in the AFCON panel.It is the first time in CAF’s 60-year history that a Nigerian would head the very influential Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations – CAF’s flagship competition which is of the same age.
Former CAF President, Issa Hayatou chaired the AFCON panel during his tenure. In the Media Committee, Pinnick replaces Anjorin Moucharafou, the Benin Republic FA boss, whom he pummeled at the CAF polls in Ethiopia in March to become an Executive Committee member.
Also yesterday, the CAF Executive Committee named Ghana FA President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi as first Vice President, with his DR Congo opposite number, Omani Constant Selemani, named the second Vice President.
SAFA President, Dr. Danny Jordaan, a former university lecturer and parliamentarian, who was chief organizer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, was named chairman of the Marketing and TV Committee, while 1988 African Player of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya heads the Technical and Development Committee.
Sierra Leone FA boss, Isha Johansen heads the Women’s Football Committee, just as president of Uganda FA, Moses Magogo was co-opted into the CAF Executive Committee for 2017 to 2021 cycle.
In the poll for the remaining African member of the FIFA Council, Hani Abo Rida of Egypt defeated former Camerounian FIFA Development Officer, Zelkifli Ngoufonja by 50 votes to four.