Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Melvin Pinnick has backed Patrice Motsepe to emerge as the next president of the Confederation of African Football after securing a landslide victory in the upcoming general assembly elections on March 12.
Pinnick is backing the Mamelodi Sundowns owner against Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast‚ Augustin Senghor of Senegal and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya in the Caf’s elective congress to be held in Rabat, Morocco.
The Nigerian administrator had proved his influence, with his role in Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad unseating three-decade serving Issa Hayatou in the Caf elections of March 2017 in Addis Ababa‚ Ethiopia.
With two weeks away from the polls, the Nigerian FA boss, who spoke at Motsepe’s launch of his 10-point agenda for Caf in Sandton on Thursday, believes the South African will make a clean sweep.
“The truth is you can see me in South Africa very regularly," Pinnick said.
"I’m very excited because for the first time in football in the continent‚ Africa is about to get it right.
“I’m happy because two faces I’m seeing here today‚ either of them would have been the perfect fit for the president of Caf – my brother Moise Katumbi [owner of TP Mazembe in Democratic Republic of Congo] and Patrice Motsepe.
“And that’s the excitement of everybody in Nigeria‚ and it’s the same excitement of everybody on the West African coast.
“So when you say you [Cosafa] are giving 14 votes – and I said this during Ahmad’s campaign where he got 35 votes – that by God’s grace we are looking at 40 votes [for Motsepe].
“I travel every day campaigning for my president [Motsepe]‚ and they say‚ ‘But you are not campaigning for yourself’. I say‚ ‘Let him get in there’. “So I can assure you‚ between 35‚ 38 and 40 [votes].”