By Sampson Adedeji
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick has explained the reason he is backing owner of Mamelodi Sundown of South Africa, Patrice Motsepe to become president of Confederation of African Football Association (CAF).
Despite having other West Africa candidates vying for same position, Pinnick has decided to pitched his tent with Southern African candidate after he dumped his own ambition.
The Motsepe campaign team has recently been to Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Togo and Benin.
While Safa President, Dr Danny Jordaan and his Nigerian counterpart, Pinnick have been headlining the campaign, they were joined by the FA presidents of the visited West African country.
“This campaign has been an all-inclusive campaign in which the aforementioned countries’ FA Presidents joined the team to promote Mr Motsepe as an ideal candidate to lead Caf to what we want the continental body to be – and that is to compete globally as an equal partner.
‘’In West Africa, we were well received and it was a brilliant tour. Here is a businessman doing business in more than 41 African countries and employing the youth of Africa. His vision is to take African football to the next stage, he will make a huge difference and making him Africa’s preferred candidate for Caf President’s position is a no-brainer,’’ Pinnick told SAFA.
Apart from meeting the Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Burkina Faso FA Presidents, the Motsepe Team has so far been to various other African countries.
Next in line is consolidating the Cosafa bloc as well as visiting the critical Cecafa region.