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AMAJU PINNICK LOOSES POSITION AS CAF VICE PRESIDENT

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has been replaced by Congolese Omari Constant Selemani, as the Confederation of African Football 1st vice president yesterday.
The decision to replace  Pinnick was reportedly reached at the Confederation of African Football CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo yesterday.
Pinnick was not reappointed, giving that his tenure along with those of the 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents expired yesterday in line with Article 22(4) of the CAF Statutes.
With Omari Constant, as 1st vice president, Mauritania FA boss, Fouzi Lekjaa and South Africa’s Danny Jordaan are now the 2nd and 3rd vice presidents of the continent’s football governing body respectively.
According to a report from the NFF Communications Department on the issue, gave that Pinnick’s tenure as CAF 1st vice president was not renewed by CAF Pesident Ahmad Ahmad,  after it expired , due to fundamental differences on focus and direction.
President Ahmad Ahmad, who replaced longest-serving Issa Hayatou in 2017, no longer have the support of Pinnick, who played a key role in the ouster of Cameroonian Hayatou and the installation of the Madagascan as the new head of the continental football body.
According to the reports, relationship between Pinnick and Ahmad has not been favourable since the Nigerian became the vice president, with Pinnick’s decision to walk out of a controversial vote to order for a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League finals.
Speaking on the issue, the NFF President stated, that for him serving a number two football administrator in the entire African continent was an privileged opportunity, and his commitment to the game is perpetual while his support for his colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast.
He also congratulated, Omari, Lekjaa and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd CAF vice presidents respectively.
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All is set for the finals of the 2019 African Cup of Nations between The Tauranga Lions of Senigal and the Desert Foxes of Algeria at the Cairo international stadium, Egyp by 8pm Nigeria time, today.
Senigal defeated Tunisia by along goal at extra-time to book their place in the finals as Algeria defeated Nigeria via a late minutes free-kick to reach the finals of the competition.
Meanwhile the Captain of the Super Eagles’ of Nigeria John Mikel obi, has announced his retirement from international football yesterday.
His decision came after claiming third place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
The 32 year old player, Obi,  made the disclosure via his Instagram handle yesterday, that the 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for his national team with the Super Eagle.
The captain thanked his fans for their support and also thanked Nigeria for all the trust, support and love they have shown him over the years.
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