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Loyalists Fell With Hayatou




It was like ‘Operation Sweep’ at the CAF election as virtually all the core loyalists of former president, Issa Hayatou lost their positions. The first major causality was Moucharafou Anjorin of Benin Republic who had twice in the past defeated two Nigerian candidates.

This time around, he met a mightier than Samson as Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick took him to the cleaners with a 32 to17 votes defeat. Among the candidates for the FIFA seat among the Anglophone countries, it was sweet victory for   Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi, one of the allies of Amaju Pinnick in the plot that ousted President Issa Hayatou. He polled 33 votes to beat Tanzania’s Leodegar Tenga who had 17 votes.

Also, for the FIFA Council is Omar Constant Selemani of DR Congo who floored Sidy Diallo of Cote d’Ivoire.

Another disfavoured candidate that beat the odds was South Africa’s Danny Jordann who excelled in a field that had Frans Mbidi (Namibia), Rui Eduardo Da Costa (Angola) and Suketu Patel (Seychelles).



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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  1. Iwedi Ojinmah

    March 17, 2017 8:00am at 8:00 am

    There is a new breeze blowing. I am not much of a Pinnick fan primarily because I have not seen much to cheer about, but this shows astute thinking and balls. It also reinforces my faith in him. There has to be a time and place for you to separate yourself from the umbilical cord that supports stupidity. The order from the FGN and Sports Ministry that he should back Hayatou because Cameroon fights Boko Haram with us, was just that. Well done Pinnick.

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