Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has revealed why he is no longer contesting for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Pinnick, who was earlier touted to be interested in vying for the CAF presidency, on Monday indicated his support for Mamelodi Sundowns owner Motsepe.
Speaking during the signing of a partnership deal between the NFF and GAC Motor in Lagos on Tuesday, Pinnick said the CAF election was not about him but the future of African football.
“The contest isn’t about Pinnick, it’s about the future of the African game. There’s time for everything. Possibly, this is not my season, but my season will come,” he said.
On why he is backing Patrice Motsepe for CAF, the football administrator stated that he believes the South African will reform the continental football body if he beats incumbent Ahmad Ahmad at the polls next March.
He said: “When you see someone with superior qualities, you have to support him. I know there are going to be strong reforms (in CAF) when Patrice is elected.
“We need an enabling environment for football to thrive, and that’s what we are going to do with African football.”
Naija News reports that South Africa is expected to back Pinnick for the FIFA Council membership, as Motsepe’s presidential bid rules out another South African Danny Jordann from contesting for a place in the FIFA Council.