President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Melvin Pinnick was on Thursday, July 5, appointed as the first Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The position became vacant after erstwhile President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned from office in June following an undercover exposition of corrupt practices in the GFA.
Nyantakyi resigned from hid post following a two-year ban from all football activities over corruption allegation and other malpractices.
In a statement signed by CAF’s Secretary General, Amr Fahmy, and sent to all of Africa’s football associations, CAF said:
“Following the resignation of the First Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, as first vice president.
“The decision is immediately applicable, in accordance of the statutes, which will be ratified by the executive committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 of September 2018.”
“We thank you for kindly taking note.”
Pinnick is currently serving as match commissioner at the on-going FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he is scheduled to handle one of the quarterfinals, a semifinal game and the third-place match.
He is currently in charge of the St. Petersburg centre of the World Cup.