The President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the Fifa Council after a landslide victory.
Pinnick defeated Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu by 43 votes to eight during the Caf General Assembly held in Rabat on Friday.
He becomes the third Nigerian elected into the prestigious council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010).
The former Delta Football Association (DFA) Chairman was also elected as the fifth vice-president of CAF.
Prior to his success at the polls, Pinnick’s ambition was backed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nebolisa Anako.
“Let us be resolute and firm in our support…This is no time to stand on the fence, but to be partakers in the scheme of things.”
“On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and all Nigerians, we hereby pledge our unflinching support to Mr Pinnick because his victory would be our collective victory,” a part of the statement read.
“[Sports Minister] Mr Dare believes Amaju can use his position and connections in Caf and Fifa to help promote and develop Nigeria and African football in all ramifications.
South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe emerged as the President of CAF, taking over from Ahmad Ahmad, following a mediation by FIFA.
“Africa needs collective wisdom, but also the exceptional talent and wisdom of every (national football association) president and every member nation,” he said.
“When we all work together, football in Africa will experience success and growth that it has not enjoyed in the past.”
Africa has suffered serious setbacks in recent years with all five qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia eliminated after the first round — the continent’s worst showing in 36 years.
Last November, Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar became the first CAF president to be banned by FIFA.
His five-year suspension for “governance issues” was cut to two after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport