Nigeria’s Amaju Pinnick who served as CAF 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, has lost the seat . He however remains an executive committee member.
Also, South Africa’s Danny Jordaan who last year lost a bid to be a CAF member in the FIFA Council has been voted in as 3rd Vice President of CAF.
Pinnick got elevated to the position of 1st Vice President last July as a replacement for Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi who was suspended by FIFA.
At the moment, no official reason has been given for the fresh in-house election in CAF. It is coming on the eve of FIFA ‘take-over CAF for six months starting from August 1.
FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura will act as a ‘General Delegate for Africa’, a thinly veiled description of her taken over of CAF administration.
Pinnick’s exit means a reshuffling of Ahmad’s vice-presidents, with Constant Omari of DR Congo and Moroccan Faouzi Lekjaa moving up from second and third vice-president respectively.
Jordaan, who played a key role at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa – the only time the tournament has ever been played on the continent – will now act as third vice-president.
Lekjaa, meanwhile, is facing a possible ban by CAF after the Ethiopian Football Federation accused the Moroccan federation president of assaulting the referee following the African Champions League final between Wydad Casablanca and Tunisia’s Esperance.
After CAFs Disciplinary Committee was unable to reach a verdict earlier this month, the case was sent back to African football’s ruling body.
CAF has been plagued by a series of scandals in recent times. “We all suffer when we see what is going on here,” Infantino told the presidents of Africa’s member associations as they gathered for a General Assembly in Egypt on Thursday.
The Fifa president also addressed comments made to BBC Sport by Sepp Blatter, who said the Samoura move flouted the statutes of football’s world governing body while also representing a ‘new aspect of colonialism.’
“What does it mean, colonialisation?” the 49-year-old asked. “I don’t know. It’s not part of my vocabulary. But I do know what it means to team up.”
The Egyptian capital Cairo will host the Africa Cup of Nations final on Friday when Senegal go in search of a first title against 1990 champions Algeria