Pinnick replaces Nyantakyi as CAF 1st Vice President

Author: Maurice Quansah
Deposed Nigeria FA boss Melvin Amaju Pinnick is now the second-in-command in African football

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Nigerian FA boss, Amaji Melvin Pinnick, as the First Vice President of the continental body effective July 5, 2018.

A statement by CAF General Secretary, Amr Fahmy, indicated that African football chief, Ahmad Ahmad, settled on Pinnick after consulting members of the continental body's Emergency Committee to replace Kwesi Nyantakyi, who resigned his position last month following a 90-day worldwide ban handed by FIFA's Ethics Committee.

On June 8, FIFA provisionally suspended Nyantakyi, the former Ghana FA president from all football activities pending investigation into suspected ethical breaches after he was secretly filmed by an investigative journalist allegedly receiving kickbacks in a hotel room from undercover businessmen seeking to sponsor football in Ghana.

Nyantakyi, who was a member of the decision-making FIFA Council, has since resigned from all football positions he previously occupied, including the  West African Football Union (WAFU) where he was president of Zone B. 

The appointment of Pinnick as second-in-command in African football takes immediate effect and will be ratified by CAF's Executive Committee when in meets in Cairo, Egypt on September 27 and 28.

The new CAF First Vice President has also come under fire in Nigeria after the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports directed the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to comply with a Supreme Court ruling which upheld a High Court decision that set aside the purported election of Pinnick and the NFF Executive Committee into office on September 30, 2014.