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The former president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick stepped up his career after he became appointed as the first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) week after Supreme Court ordered him to step down as NFF president.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the appointment in a statement on its website on Thursday. “Following the resignation of the 1st Vice-President Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr. Amaju Melvin PINNICK as 1st Vice-President,” the statement read in part.

CAF added that the decision is “immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para. 2 of the Statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 of September 2018.” Pinnick who oversaw Nigeria participation at the World Cup as President of the Nigeria Football Federation had suffered a setback while in Russia.

On Monday, July 2, the Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, asked Pinnick who has been NFF President since 2014 to obey a court order which required him to step aside as head of the Nigerian football governing body. The directive effectively paved way for Mr Chris Giwa, who has been locked in a legal battle over the leadership of the NFF to, take over at the Federation.

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