Mr Amaju Pinnick has been appointed 1st Vice President of Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Pinnick, told earlier this week to vacate his position as President of Nigeria Football Federation due to a court ruling has been chosen as replacement for Ghanaian Football Association former head, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who resigned last month from the post.
An official confirmation was posted on CAF website on Thursday and congratulatory messages are pouring in for Pinnick.
“Following the resignation of 1st Vice-President Mr. Kwesi NYANTAKYI, CAF President, after consulting members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr. Amaju Melvin PINNICK as 1st Vice-President.
“This decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para. 2 of the Statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on 27 and 28 of September 2018.” the statement on CAF website reads.
Indeed, Pinnick has continued to score high in international football circles taking pivotal roles at the ongoing World Cup in Russia and much more.
His appointment as the number two man as far as African football is concerned is another landmark as no Nigerian has occupied such an exalted position in recent times
Since becoming a member of CAF Executive Committee in March 2017, Pinnick has facilitated the appointment of several Nigerians into FIFA and CAF Committees.
Once Pinnick’s CAF 1st Vice Presidency is confirmed it would translate to a big step towards his being elected as a member of FIFA Council, the most powerful group in world football
Back in Nigeria, Pinnick is challenging his ouster by a high court in Jos. His rival, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently occupying the seat of NFF chairman and is so recognised by the federal government.