Amaju Pinnick replaces Kwesi Nyantakyi, who stepped down last month amid a corruption storm that hit the Ghana Football Association
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has appointed Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick as its first vice president.
The post was left vacant after the resigation of Nyantakyi following damning bribery allegations unearthed by an undercover journalist.
Caf secretary general Amr Fahmy said in a letter that Pinnick’s appointment would be endorsed at the Caf Executive Committee meeting in September.
“Following the resignation of the first vice-president Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi and the prevailing situation in the Football Federation of Nigeria. The Caf president, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick as first vice president. This decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para. 2 of the statutes which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 of September 2018,” wrote Fahmy.
Pinnick was already serving in the Caf Executive Committee and interestingly, his appointment comes in the wake of the Nigerian Supreme Court ruling that he vacate his seat as the head of Nigerian football.
This follows the reinstatement of Chris Giwa as the NFF president in a long-standing tussle for power.