President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has reacted to his removal from the position of First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Taking to social media to Congratulate the men who took over the role, Pinnick tweeted:
“It has been an excellent opportunity to serve as the Number Two football administrator on the continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast.
“I congratulate Omari, Lekjaa and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively”.
Issuing a statement on why Amaju Pinnick was removed from the position, NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire said:
“In line with Article 22 (4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place today), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF President, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice President, respectively from among its members.
“Significantly, the renewal of Amaju Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF President because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.
“Pinnick accepted the decision of the President as it aligned with his own view having considered matters surrounding the administration of African Football which have dovetailed into the Nigerian Football space.
“He will, however, remain a bonafide member of the CAF Executive Committee to continue with his mandate as such,” the statement said.