Peachtree Communications Limited Chief Executive Officer, Gboyega Okegbenro, has described Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick’s election into the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Council as a victory for all the country’s football fans.

The NFF boss was on Friday in Rabat, Morocco elected into the FIFA Council – the highest decision-making organ in world football. He attained the exalted seat after defeating his only rival, incumbent Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi, by 43 votes to 8 at the Congress staged at the Royal Ballroom of the Sofitel Hotel in Morocco’s administrative capital.

Okegbenro noted that Pinnick has shown other Nigerians that they can attain any level with hard work, perseverance and doggedness.The journalist and sports marketing consultant said he was elated because Pinnick gave his all and succeeded in the end, adding: “I congratulate Pinnick and also congratulate Nigerians. It is a victory for us all. Pinnick is always tactical in playing his politics. Not many gave him a chance when he contested the CAF position but he won. He is now in FIFA and we should be proud of him.

“This is a good omen and I believe this will boost the fortunes of the game in the country in the months ahead.” Okegbenro also praised the NFF General Secretary, Muhammed Sanusi and other board members of the federation for the huge support they gave Pinnick in the past months of electioneering.

Pinnick’s entry into the 37-member FIFA Council came at the 43rd Ordinary and Elective General Assembly of CAF, and was accomplished hours after the man he supported for the CAF Presidency, Dr. Patrice Motsepe of South Africa, mounted the ‘throne’ unchallenged.



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