CAF Presidency: Corruption, Battered Image Scares Amaju Pinnick
Former Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, First Vice President, Amaju Pinnick has expressed fear that allegations of corruption against the executives of CAF has made ambition to aspire for the presidency a worrying venture, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Pinnick who is the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president who said he is noted desperate to be CAF president, noted that there are much work to be done to salvage the confederation.
Applications to contest for the CAF Presidency has commenced with March 2021 chosen as elections month and will close on November 12.
Speaking with BBC, Pinnick said “The truth is that you need to look at indexes, you have to look at your family – family is the most prized asset that I have – so for example if my family said “don’t” then I won’t.
“Then you have your larger family which is your football family – your exco, your congress – if they decide to give you the go-ahead then you go to the government.
“Then from the government, you also look at some of your friends – it is not easy you have to consult your zone – you have to consult your colleagues because they are the voters.
“You have to let them know that even if you get elected, we will need to look at the reality.
“What is the reality? There are a lot of things wrong fundamentally in CAF right now – our credibility is at the lowest ebb; our integrity is nowhere to be found. So we have a lot of challenges unless we keep deceiving ourselves.
“Human beings make mistakes and the only way you can correct those mistakes is to ensure that you know you have made these mistakes and genuinely want to correct it if that’s the case we can’t sit there and do nothing.
“Nobody is in a hurry. I am not desperate, I am going to be just 50 in December so there is a lot of time for me if I want to pursue a career path in football administration in the future.”
Incumbent CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad has declared his intention to recontest for the post next year.