The Federal Government of Nigeria has backed the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick as he aims to win a seat on the FIFA Council at next week’s Confederation of African Football elections in Rabat, Morocco.

The decision of the FG was made known at a press conference where the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nebolisa Anako on behalf of Minister Sunday Dare said;

“If the NFF President wins the position, it would not be a victory for the Federal Government and all Nigerians alone, but the African continent. He would be a great ambassador of our great country if elected into the FIFA Council. As a member of the CAF Executive, Pinnick is aware of the task ahead and the Federal Government’s support for the actualization of his dream.


On behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and all Nigerians, we hereby pledge our unflinching support to Mr. Pinnick because his victory would be our collective victory.

The Sports Minister, Mr. Dare believes Amaju can use his position and connections in CAF and FIFA to help promote and develop Nigeria and African football in all ramifications. Let us be resolute and firm in our support…This is no time to stand on the fence, but to be partakers in the scheme of things.”