CAF Elections: Day of Long Knives in Abuja

first_imgThe minister and some Nigerians in CAF committees are known to be openly opposed to Pinnick’s support for Madagascar’s FA President, Ahmad Ahmad who is challenging Isa Hayatou for the coveted position.One of the board members told THISDAY last night that except for one or two members of the NFF board, Pinnick has a solid support base among his men and that any attempt to want to force the board change the position it reached at its December 18 Congress where it asked the president to use his discretion in voting at the CAF election may be resisted.“Nobody can force us to go against the position we reached at the December 18 Congress. We have taken a stand and given the President go ahead to use his discretion in voting for the candidate that will advance the growth of football in the country. Why are they now fretting that Amaju has openly declared his support for Ahmad Ahmad. Is Nigeria not just one vote?” stressed the board member on telephone with THISDAY.He admitted to have also heard speculations of trying to use the board members to oust Pinnick from the position is he refused to toe the line of the minister in voting for Hayatou.“If anybody is thinking of interfering in the activities of the board, they are just wasting their time. This is 2017. The era when certain individuals who have been discredited world-wide in the administration of football will think they can use any of us is over,” the board member further observed.The minister who had earlier opposed Pinnick’s aspiration to contest for a seat on the CAF executive also maintained at the weekend that Nigeria was not in support of Ahmad Ahmad.Nigerian members of CAF included four former NFF presidents – Amos Adamu, Dominic Oneya, Sani Lulu and Aminu Maigari – issued a press statement condemning Pinnick, while pledging their support for incumbent CAF President Issa Hayatou.They also argued that the interest of Nigerian football should be paramount over any personal interest and consideration.“We have consulted widely within the executive of the NFF, the sports ministry and indeed football stakeholders in Nigeria and discovered to our dismay that there is no evidence where Mr Pinnick was mandated to commit this country to supporting Mr Ahmad,” the statement read in part.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAhead of tuesday’s emergency Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board meeting called by the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, at his office at the National Stadium in Abuja, there is apprehension in football circles in the country that the forum may be used to create fresh troubles in the administration of the game here.The meeting has just one agenda: Nigeria’s position on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Presidential Election.last_img read more

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first_imgCrimes against propertyAt 2:32 P.M. on Sept. 19, a staff member at the University Park Campus Public  Safety Office reported his safety vest missing.Miscellaneous incidentsat 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 19, DPS officers detained a man suspected of pulling on car door handles. The man was arrested for possessing a pipe with residue of a controlled substance in it.at 8:05 a.m. on Sept. 19, DPS and the Los Angeles Fire Department  responded to an activated third floor fire alarm at Blanche & Frank R. Seaver Student Residence Hall. The alarm was activated by smoke from burnt food. The building was cleared for re-entry.at 10:12 a.m. on Sept. 19, a female reported that her husband, who should not be driving due to his medical conditions, had left the Healthcare Consultation Center in their vehicle. DPS could not find the man, but he returned home unharmed.at 1:17 a.m. on Sept. 20, DPS officers assisted a non-USC female who could not locate friends in possession of her property. The officers helped the woman find her friends and transported her to the airport so she could be on time for  her airline flight.at 3:23 a.m. on Sept. 20, DPS officers examined a student who had injured his finger with a table saw while working on a project at the Ray and Nadine Watt Hall of Architecture and Fine Arts. The officers transported the student to the Good Samaritan Hospital.at 4:01 a.m. on Sept. 20, an intoxicated student was detained by DPS for obstructing traffic and jay walking at the intersection of 30th Street and Figueroa Street. He was cited to Judicial Affairs for his uncooperative behavior. The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20. last_img read more