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Pinnick to represent Infantino at special event in Ukraine



Pinnick (right) with his wife (second right) alongside Infantino (second left) and FIFA Chief of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger at the FIFA Arab Cup in Doha.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Pinnick will stand in for world football supremo, Gianni Infantino at the 30th year anniversary of Ukrainian Association of Football in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine on Thursday.

Pinnick, who is also a Member of both the CAF Executive and Emergency Committees, and is presently in Doha, Qatar for the ongoing FIFA Arab Cup tournament, will fly into Kyiv on Wednesday afternoon.

“Personally and on behalf of the whole UAF team, I have the the honour to inform you that on 09 December 2021, a significant event for the Ukrainian football will take place – 30 years since the founding of the Ukrainian Association of Football.

“In this respect, I kindly invite you participate in the respective activities dedicated to celebration of this event in Kyiv, Ukraine,” Andrii Pavelko, President of the Ukrainian Association of Football wrote, inter alia.

President of world football –governing body, Gianni Infantino has now delegated Pinnick, a former CAF 1st Vice President, to represent him at the landmark occasion.

Pavelko and the UAF General Secretary, Yuriy Zapisotskiy will receive the FIFA Council Member on arrival in Kyiv on Wednesday.


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 Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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