Pinnick takes over Hayatou’s role

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been appointed the President of the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, a position previously occupied by ex-Confederation of African Football president, Issa Hayatou.

The appointment was announced on Monday at the inaugural meeting of the new CAF Executive Committee in Manama, Bahrain, where the 67th FIFA Congress begins on Tuesday.

It is the first time in CAF’s 60-year history that a Nigerian would head AFCON’s LOC.

Pinnick was also named the president of CAF’s Media Committee, which was vacated by Benin Republic FA boss, Anjorin Moucharafou, who the Nigerian floored at the CAF elections in Ethiopia in March to become a CAF Executive Committee member.

President of the Zimbabwe Football Federation, Philip Chiyangwa, is the deputy president of the AFCON committee.

Also on Monday, Ghana FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was named CAF Executive Committee’s 1st vice-president, with Omani Constant Selemani (DR Congo) the 2nd vice-president.

President, South Africa Football Association, Danny Jordaan, was appointed chairman of the Marketing and TV Committee, while 1988 African Player of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, heads the Technical and Development Committee.Punch

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