Amidst corruption allegation and mismanagement of funds, the General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has endorsed its president, Amaju Pinnick for a top post at the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Pinnick is set to be voted into CAF Executive Committee in March next year for the body’s election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Rising from its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, on Sunday, the congress also passed a Vote of Confidence on the NFF Executive Committee.
A communiqué released by Ademola Olajire, the NFF spokesman, states that the NFF “endorsed the candidature of NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick for election into the CAF Executive Committee at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa in March 2017. Congress called on all Nigerians to give him total support as it is not an NFF venture, but a Nigerian Project.”
The body also commended the Federal Government for assisting it “pay players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons their entitlements for winning the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Cameroun.”
The general assembly also approved the new boards of the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) as constituted by a Selection Committee.
It said the boards of the two leagues were immediately sworn in.
The body aligned itself with the FIFA integrity initiative by adopting the “National Integrity Initiative Strategy, as proposed by the NFF Integrity Unit.”
During the opening ceremony, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung berated the NFF, on issues bothering on misappropriation of funds meant for sports development in the country.
The minister then ordered a full audit on the finances of the NFF.
World football governing body, FIFA, recently withheld its $1.1 million development funds to Nigeria for lack of proper documentation of $802,000 out of the funds released to the NFF.
The Congress expressed satisfaction with the explanation provided by the executive committee on a number of issues raised by the Sports Minister, adding that the minister was misinformed about the activities of the Board.