Wednesday Dec 02, 2020. 13:00
Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has stated that he will not seek a third term at the helm of the organisation.
Pinnick’s current second term in charge of the NFF will end in two years’ time and he has revealed that his decision to stand for only two terms was made when he won re-election back in 2018.
I made my decision even before earning the second mandate on 20th September 2018. I will not be running for the NFF Presidency again. I want to thank the Members of the Congress, my colleagues on the Executive Committee, Management and Staff, and stakeholders of the game for their support. I will be stepping off in 2022 to give another person the opportunity to lead Nigeria Football. That is the truth,” Pinnick, who also serves as a Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) executive member, told This Day.
The 50-year-old also says he is currently seeking a place on the FIFA Council rather than running for CAF’s presidency, though heading up African football in the future is something he would consider.
“I have consulted wide and this is the route I feel comfortable to take for now. Membership of the FIFA Council also confers a lot of responsibility on one and you have the opportunity to make crucial contributions to the running of world football,” explained Pinnick.
He added, “Things may change in a couple of years, but for now, I am going for the FIFA Council based on the consultations I have had and the plan that is on ground.”
Pinnick also stressed that Nigeria will support the candidacy of South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe as the next CAF boss.
“For the CAF Presidency, we are supporting the aspiration of Dr. Patrice Motsepe of South Africa. We believe he has the clout, means and organisational savvy to take CAF from its present low level to a place of regard and respect among the six confederations of FIFA.”