CAF elections: Our national interest will determine who we support – Dalung
*Expressed opinions are personal to Pinnick
In what looks like a complete divergence from the expressed position of the buffs in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) forthcoming elections, the Ministry of Youth and Sports says such purported statement is very personal to the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick.
According to an official statement from the office of the minister, Solomon Dalung, “he has received with dismay press statements and interviews granted by some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation committing Nigeria to supporting a candidate (Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar).
The Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung said that the purported statement is very personal to the NFF President, Amaju Pnnick and does not represent the position of the people and the government of Nigeria.
Dalung stated that elections into CAF have a long tradition and Nigeria as a major actor has always taken a position that will not only promote unity and international integration but also take into consideration the interest of Africa and its sub regional neighbours.
“As it is today, Nigeria has not taken a stand on the candidature of anybody contesting the presidency and should not be misrepresented by anybody. Those aspiring into various offices of CAF are doing so as individuals and are advised not to use the name or image of Nigeria in order to boost their own political fortunes.
“We will support what is good for football but we will exercise our rights through the laid down democratic process as guaranteed by the rules of the game.
“We are appealing to all candidates to go about seeking their support free of rancour and acrimony but should take the interest of the region into consideration. We wish them the best and God bless Nigeria ” Dalung said.