President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has shelved his ambition to run for CAF presidency slated to hold in Morocco next March.
Instead, the CAF executive committee member has opted to contest for a place in the FIFA Council.
If the former Delta Sports Commission Chairman wins, he will become the third Nigerian after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980 to 1988) and Amos Adamu (2006 to 2010) to occupy the seat.
South Africa Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordan was to seek a re-election to the FIFA Council membership but he too has shelved that ambition to pave way for his compatriot, Patrice Motsepe who has thrown his hat into the ring to wrestle the CAF top job from the grip of Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar.
Interestingly, Pinnick who was one of the top actors in the election of the Malagasy to the CAF leadership after Isa Hayatou’s 29-years vice grip on the position, is backing the South African billionaire who is Africa’s 10th richest man.
If Motsepe wins the election, he automatically becomes a FIFA Council member as a Vice President.
He thus becomes the third person to formally bid for the role, after incumbent Ahmad and Jacques Anouma of Cote d’Ivoire. Two Tunisians- Tarek Bouchamaoui and Wadie Jary. showed intentions, but are yet to make formal bid.