Nigeria’s Sports Minister summons football chiefs

Nigeria’s Sports Minister summons football chiefs

Nigeria’s sports minister, Solomon has called an emergency meeting of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday.

In a press release issued by the Special Assistant to the minister, Nneka Nkem Anibeze, the meeting, which is mandatory, is to hold in the minister’s conference room at the National Stadium, Abuja.

Even though no reason was given, it is being speculated that the CAF elections coming up in about three weeks from now would probably be the central issue.

The sports minister had last week frowned at media statements credited to the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, on his position concerning who will get the sole vote from Nigeria.

Pinnick has pitched his tent with Ahmad of Madagascar, the 57 year old sole challenger to 71-year old Issa Hayatou who has been on the saddle for 29 years and wishing to have additional four-year mandate.

Incidentally, it is the president who will cast the vote. He is also seeking to contest the election to become a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).     His ambition was initially opposed by the ministry until it was found that statutorily, he could not be replaced as the 90-day nomination for entry had lapsed.

He will be contesting against Benin Republic’s Moucharaf Anjorin who is believed to have the backing of some Nigerians.

Should Amaju Pinnick succeed, he will be third Nigerian to get into the executive committee of the 60-year old CAF.

Orok Oyo became the first Nigeria in the committee in 1972 and was followed by Amos Adamu who became a member in 2004.

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