The Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has been bundled out from his position as the 1st Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
His removal took place on Thursday at CAF Executive Committee meeting, after a well attended congress in Cairo Egypt.
Pinnick was elevated to the position after the corruption case brought against former Ghana FA President and CAF First VP, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
According to reports, relationship between Pinnick and Ahmad had been frosty since the Nigerian became the vice president, with Pinnick’s decision to walk out of a controversial vote to order for a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League final, believed to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
Pinnick explained the expiry of his tenure in the following statement.
“By now, you must have seen an official statement from the events of today’s Caf Congress in Egypt. To reiterate; the term of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Vice-Presidents of the Confederation of African Football expires after two years, in line with Article 22(4) of the Caf statutes,” Pinnick Tweeted.
“My renewal was not proposed by the Caf President and I’m in total agreement with that decision as well.
“I accepted the decision of the President as it aligned with my own views, having considered matters surrounding the administration of African Football which has dovetailed into the Nigerian Football space. I’m still a member of the Caf Executive Committee though and I’ll continue to work to ensure that football on the continent gets its deserved value.
CAF executive committee on Wednesday agreed to allow FIFA Secretary General to take charge of the administration of CAF for a period of 6 months.
The FIFA Secretary is expected to take over the running of CAF in spite of objection by some Executive Committee members.
Samoura will be in charge for an initial six-month period due to begin on August 1, with her team responsible to carry out a “full forensic audit” of CAF, whose President Ahmad Ahmad is facing an allegation of corruption.