President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has been elected into the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the newly-elected President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad on his victory at the polls.

Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Ahmad as a consummate technocrat, who can help to usher in a new era of innovation and positive change into the affairs of CAF.

The Madagascan on Thursday won the CAF Presidential elections, defeating Cameroon's Issa Hayatou who has been in power since 1988. Ahmad defeated incumbent Hayatou 34 to 20 votes.

Saraki commended Hayatou, for his services and immense contribution to the development of football in Africa in his 29-year headship of the body.

"Ahmad's victory is a testament to his message and determination to positively alter the 29-year status quo in CAF,” Saraki said, “Hayatou has served the organization well, now, we look forward to the new leadership to usher in a new era of change and effectiveness to raise the standard of African football across all levels.”

The Senate President also urged all Football Associations (FA) across the continent to rally round the new CAF President to enable him deliver on his electioneering promises, for the good of African football.

"This is a new beginning and we cannot afford to make the mistakes of the past. African football has been yearning for a new direction and now that this opportunity to inject fresh blood into the management of the continental body has been realized, it is time for all stakeholders to roll up their sleeves and support the new executive to extend the frontiers and fortunes of African Football at the global level," Saraki said.

It will be recalled that during his visit to Nigeria, Ahmad met with Saraki in his office at the National Assembly, Abuja.

Saraki and Ahmad

FIFA Ethics Committee on Tuesday slammed a fresh two-year ban on former Director General of National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Amos Adamu.

The Federal Government has endorsed the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, for an elective position in next month’s Confederation of African Football election.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has called an emergency meeting with the executive board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will back Ahmad Ahmad as he seeks to head the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in next month’s election, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, has said.

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has announced an increase in the total prize money for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Algeria and Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has been named the 2016 African Player of the Year.

Reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers will face Algerian side, Jeunne Sportive Saoura, in the preliminary round of the 2017 CAF Champions League.

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).

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