Relinquish NFF job, focus on CAF, Sani Lulu tells Pinnick
*As Ahmad Ahmad resigns his Malagasy positions
Newly elected member of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Melvin Amaju Pinnick has been advised to focus and concentrate on helping the nation develop its football to the highest level and if necessary relinquish the Nigeria Football Federation position, former President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has said.
Lulu said in an interview in Abuja that “though there is nothing in the Statutes of Nigeria football that compels Pinnick to resign his position as NFF president, but if he wants to be effective it is very imperative of him to concentrate on the CAF assignment for the development of football in the country”
“There are lots of things that can done inside CAF for the country. It is a rare privilege position and we must maximise the God-given opportunity to the highest level” he said
The Omachi Attah of Igalaland and proprietor of FOSLA Academy pointed out that several members of the NFF board members are also members of their State FAs and if Pinnick so wishes he can combine the two jobs though his work-rate and output may not be high, Sani Lulu disclosed.
On his part, newly elected CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has tendered his resignation as the Deputy leader of the Malagasy Senate, a position he has held since February 2015.
According to reports, Ahmad tendered the resignation on Monday, 20th March.
As required by CAF rules, Ahmad has also resigned as president of the Malagasy Football Federation (MFF) before assuming office as president of CAF.
It will be recalled that Pinnick won the election which was held at the CAF 39th Ordinary General Assembly at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Delta State born football administrator defeated long-standing member Anjorin Moucharafou who is also the head of Benin Republic Football Federation.
Pinnick got 32 votes to Moucharafou’s 17 to become the West Zone B representative at the CAF Executive Committee.
Born in 1973, Pinnick was elected as boss of the NFF in September 2014, his tenure as NFF boss will expire next year.
Before becoming the president of the NFF, Pinnick served as Delta State Sports Commission chairman and Delta FA boss.