- Amaju Pinnick’s second term as the Nigeria Football Federation president will expire by September 30
- The Delta State-born football administrator has once again stated that he will not seek re-election
- Pinnick was heavily criticised shortly after Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, as many demanded his resignation
The Nigeria Football Federation is expected to get a new president by September 30 as Amaju Pinnick’s second term is billed to end.
During the Annual General Assembly on Thursday, August 18, the outgoing NFF boss reiterated his commitment not to seek re-election to the office.
In an earlier interview with Arise TV, Pinnick disclosed that he would not re-contest as he cited family reasons for his decision.
The decision came at the period Nigeria lost the World cup qualification ticket to arch-rivals Ghana and the NFF hierarchy was criticised, with many calling for Pinnick's resignation.
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Pinnick said, as per Vanguard:
“As I stand before you today, I want to thank the Congress for what they have done for Nigeria football in the last 8 years. I want to leave Congress as one unit the way it was handed to me in 2014.
“I want to say it here that I am not going to contest for the NFF President again.”
The Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also fixed September 30 for the election into the board of the football house after rejecting a proposed October 20 date.
The tenure of the present board, which is supposed to end on September 20, has thus been extended to September 30, when the electoral congress will hold in a venue to be decided later.
AFCON 2023 qualifiers postponed
According to a report, the fixtures set for September have been postponed until next March, allowing teams that have qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be better prepared for the campaign in Qatar.
Senegal, Ghana, Morocco, Cameroon and Tunisia will do battle in the Middle East between November and December.
With AFCON 2023 set to be hosted by the Ivory Coast in January 2024, it is reported that the third and fourth qualifying rounds have now been scheduled for March.
Source: Sports Brief News