Amaju Melvin Pinnick was born on December 1, 1970, and is the current president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), a position he was first voted to in September 2014. Pinnick was re-elected as NFF President on September 20, 2018. Between September 2018 until July 2019, he was also the First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a member of the FIFA Competitions Organising Committee.

Pinnick began his career in 2010 as the chair of the Delta Sports Commission. In 2011, he was appointed chair of the Delta State Football Association. He was elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation on September 30, 2014. He was re-elected for a fourth four-year term in office during the NFF Elective Congress in Katsina on September 20, 2018. His administration saw the successful passing of the Nigeria Football Federation Bill through the National Assembly of Nigeria, which is now awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to become law.

 According to the NFF, Rohr must take a salary in naira and remain in Nigeria.   NFF expresses trust in Rohr and explains why the agreement was delayed. Pinnick explains why NFF decided to continue with Rohr. The head of the NFF promises additional assistance for the Super Falcons. Pinnick reiterates his commitment to football development and underlines his intention to step aside. “There will be no going back on programs to improve Nigerian leagues,” Pinnick declares.

Amaju Pinnick was appointed to the FIFA tournament organizing committee on January 19, 2017. On March 16, 2017, he was also elected to the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). As a result, on May 8, 2017, he was appointed President of AFCON. In September 2018, he was appointed First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, succeeding Kwesi Nyantakyi. On July 19, 2019, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad chose not to re-nominate Pinnick for the position of First Vice President, which is up for election every two years, citing disagreements in CAF’s focus and direction. Pinnick accepted the decision, and Constant Omari took his place as successor. He won the The Sun (Nigeria) Newspapers Sports Personality of the Year Title in 2016, and he shared the award with the Nigeria national football team’s Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, in 2018.

Amaju Pinnick was elected to the FIFA Council, the highest decision-making body in world football, on March 12, 2021, after defeating Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu, the incumbent, by a vote of 43 to 8 at the CAF General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.

He is the third Nigerian to be elected to the council, following Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010). Amaju Pinnick had already dropped his bid for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Presidency after backing South African businessman Patrice Motsepe.

Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigerian Football Federation, stated during an interview on The Morning Show on Monday, August 15, 2022, that he will not seek to be President a third time.

Despite calls from throughout the country wanting him to run, Mr. Pinnick stressed that he still stands by his earlier statement and will prioritize his family’s wishes over his desire to run.

 

 

“My family is important; I adore Nigeria, but my family is tired of me having problems,” he explained.

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