Minister of Sports, Bar. Solomom Dalung says Nigeria will only support the candidate in the Confederation of African Football election who will aid the growth of Nigerian Football. He said: “Nigeria is a major player in international relations and international politics and every major decision Nigeria takes, it must consider national interest.
“National interest is very, very paramount. Our national interest here, in this election is the World cup qualifier because anything that will affect our world cup campaign will be against national interest of Nigeria.”
He, therefore advised the Nigerian football Federation, led by Amaju Pinnick to ensure he votes for the candidate who will best serve Nigeria’s football interest in the CAF presidential election.
However, this year 2017 CAF elections is seen by football lovers as a big fight between incumbent Issa Hayatou and the President of the Madagascar Football Association Ahmad Ahmad. Hayatou is seeking an 8th term in office while Ahmad is seeking to become the first man to defeat the Cameroonian since 1988.
NFA president Pinnick has made his support for Ahmad but his decision has been widely criticized by his colleagues. However, the Nigerian Division of the executive committee of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has thrown its weight behind Hayatou. It says Pinnick’s decision was a personal opinion and does not reflect the view of the Nigerian football Federation.
They are of the opinion that Issa Hayatou has taken African football to height that would not need any disruption or destruction for now and therefore, pledge it unalloyed support for him to continue.