Sunday Dare, Sports Minister & Pinnick Amaju, NFF President

Nigeria’s bid for a slot in the FIFA Council has received a major boost from the Federal  Government through the endorsement by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare of the candidature of NFF President Melvin Pinnick Amaju.


According  to the letter of endorsement  signed by the Minister ” The Federal Government  and the good people of Nigeria  are delighted for the unique opportunity  for another Nigerian to occupy a seat in FIFA Executive committee  after the exit of Sir Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr Amos Adamu, Following  the clearance of Mr Pinnick Amaju by the Confederation  of African Football,  the Federal Government  of Nigeria  hereby  lend her unalloyed  support to the candidature  of Mr. Melvin Pinnick Amaju to contest  the prestigious  position  into the FIFA Executive  Council  at the forthcoming  43rd  Ordinary General  Assembly  of the Confederation  of African  Football.”
The statement further said”  We believe  Amaju’s election into that revered position would not only bring pride and honour to our dear country but afford Nigeria a voice of influence towards the further development of football.
We hereby  pledge  our moral support  to the actualization of Mr Amaju occupying this position during the election  slated for Rabat, Morocco  on March 12, 2021.”
Nigeria’s last bid through  Alhaji Ibrahim  Galadima was unsuccessful.
meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick has visited the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare in Abuja to discuss among other things, his intention to fly Nigeria’s flag in the fast-approaching FIFA council election.
The NFF President brought a letter, thanking the Federal Government for all their support and pledged to be a good ambassador of Nigeria if elected into the FIFA Council. 


A member of the CAF executive committee, Amaju Pinnick is aware of the task ahead and appreciates the Federal government for agreeing to support his dream. He used the occasion of today’s visit to also thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for their unflinching support to Nigeria since he emerged President in 2014. 
For his part, Mr Sunday Dare reiterated the need for Amaju to use his position and connections in CAF and FIFA to help promote and develop Nigeria and Africa football at all levels. He said he is happy to see Nigerians aspire to be among the very best in the world as that is the only way the country can have a say in the committee of football-playing nations. 

Sunday Dare, Sports Minister & Pinnick Amaju, NFF President