Pinnick elected into FIFA executive council as Motsepe becomes CAF president

Amaju Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been elected into FIFA’s executive council at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) 43rd General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.

Mr Pinnick secured a seat in the FIFA Council on Friday following withdrawals from the race by other contestants prior to the election.

Lamine Bajo of Gambia, Nicholas Mwendwa of Kenya, Wallace Karia of Tanzania, and Andrew Kamanga of Zambia all withdrew from the race leaving only Pinnick and Walter Nyamilandu – an incumbent in the race which was expected to produce two winners.

He also becomes the fifth vice-president of CAF.

Other CAF vice presidents are Augustin Senghor (first vice-president), Ahmed Yahya (second vice-president), Souleiman Waberi (third vice-president), and Fouzi Lekjaa (fourth vice-president).

Meanwhile, South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe has been elected the new president of CAF.

Motsepe who becomes the first man from an Anglophone country to lead the organisation stood unopposed.

He was elected to replace Ahmad Ahmad who has been banned from all football-related activities for two years for financial misconduct by FIFA.

He will serve a four-year term until the next elective congress in 2025.