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Sports Minister meets NFF over CAF election

The Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has called an emergency meeting with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday, March 1 2017 in Abuja.

Amanju Pinnick
NFF President, Amanju Pinnick

The meeting becomes necessary as NFF President, Amanju Pinnick, has called for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, lssa Hayatou, to resign, so that new leadership can be installed. It is widely thought that Pinnick is interested in putting his own name forward for the position.

The Abuja meeting is to discuss the position of the country with regard to the CAF election for the presidency on 16th of March.

Last week, reports have it that Pinnick has publicly backed Ahmad Ahmad, the 57-year-old Madagascar FA President seeking to unseat Issa Hayatou, the 70-year-old Cameroonian who has been in the post for 29 years and is seeking an eighth term in office.

The 39th Ordinary Congress of CAF, at which the elections would take place, comes up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 16.

By Felix Simire

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