The Federation Of International Football Association (FIFA) has appointed the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick a member of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Organizing Committee.
This was disclosed in a letter by the secretary general of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, the letter reads; “We are very pleased to inform you that you have been appointed as a member of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Please accept our sincere congratulations on this nomination.
“We wish you success and enjoyment in this role at FIFA and look forward to welcoming you soon in Zurich.”
Reacting to his appointment, the NFF boss said the appointment was not based on his individual capacity but in his position as head of Nigerian Football
I have always maintained that our country is too big to be a silent member of the international football community. This appointment is to the applause of Nigeria football, not myself as a person.
“This will certainly encourage our efforts home and abroad to project Nigeria football positively. I insist: Nigeria has the quantity and quality of population to excel in several areas of endeavor globally.”
Pinnick before now, was appointed a member of the CAF Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, was elected NFF President 11 months ago. He served for eight years as Chairman of the Delta State Football Association, and remains Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission.
At the last Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea earlier in the year, Pinnick was match commissioner for as many as six matches – a rare privilege for a newcomer to African football’s top table.
The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup finals will be staged in Korea Republic.