Dalung takes glory for Pinnick’s success in CAF elections

Solomon Dalung

Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has attributed Amaju Pinnick’s victory at the CAF elections to his personal effort.

Pinnick defeated Benin FA boss, Moucharafou Anjorin, to claim the West African zone B seat in Thursday’s election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

And Dalung, who at a time kicked against the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) boss’ decision to run for the position, now claims his advisory role helped the Delta-born administrator win.

“When I became minister I asked why there was no Nigerian representative in the executive committee of CAF.

“With a population of over 170million people there was no way the CAF executive committee will be constituted without Nigerians as stakeholders,” the Jos-born administrator stated.

“I encouraged the federation to try and ensure that they are represented hence our support for the president of the NFF.

“This is a big achievement for Nigeria and our re-entry into African football politics.”

Against the will of Dalung and the Federal Government, Ahmad Ahmad, emerged as CAF’S new president.

This has left Dalung tongue-tied – with no option than to accept the will of the majority.

“Nigeria’s position remains in favour of our national interest but the will of the people has prevailed and we congratulate them all.”