Ahead of next month’s CAF Presidential elections, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has thrown his weight behind South Africa’s Patrick Motsepe for the position.
Motsepe will face a tough battle with fellow candidates such as Cote D’Ivoire’s Jacques Anoum‚ Senegal’s Augustin Senghor, and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya for the seat.
Pinnick, who was instrumental in the successful victory of Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar against incumbent Issa Hayatou in 2017.
Speaking with Sowetan Live, the former Delta State sports administrator stated that he’s confident Motsepe will claim
“The truth is you can see me in South Africa very regularly. I’m super excited because for the first time in football in the continent‚ Africa is about to get it right‚” Pinnick said, as per Sowetan Live.
“ … And that’s the excitement of everybody in Nigeria‚ and it’s the same excitement of everybody on the West African coast.
“So when you say you [Cosafa] are giving 14 votes – and I said this during Ahmad’s campaign where he got 35 votes – that by God’s grace we are looking at 40 votes [for Motsepe].
“I travel every day campaigning for my president [Motsepe]‚, and they say‚ ‘But you are not campaigning for yourself’. I say‚ ‘Let him get in there’.
“So I can assure you‚ between 35‚ 38 and 40 [votes].”
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