Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretary General, Taiwo Ogunjobi, has said that the President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick should not have openly declared his support for Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad ahead of Thursday’s Confederation of African Football elections.
Ogunjobi, who is currently the chairman of NNL side Osun United, says Pinnick could have voted for a candidate of his choice without openly taking sides between 70-year-old Issa Hayatou and his opponent, Madagascar’s Ahmad.
“You don’t come out openly to declare support for a candidate in an election at the level of CAF,” Ogunjobi told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“Maybe youthful exhuberance, I don’t know but I think it’s a mistake to do that. It’s going to be difficult for Ahmad Ahmad even if there’s a chance for him. Hayatou has the experience and has been there for years.
“Pinnick would still have voted for a candidate of his choice if he didn’t come out to publicly to declare support for Ahmad.”
The former NFF scribe, who feels Pinnick faces a tough candidate in Benin Republic’s Anjorin Moucharafou for the sole slot on the powerful CAF Executive Committee seat from West B zone, also expressed reservations about the Super Eagles squad called up by Gernot Rohr for the games against Senegal and Burkina Faso.
“The coach (Rohr) has been given a job and so far he was won games but I feel some players in the squad shouldn’t be there. The friendlies are good for the team and it will put them in good shape for the coming games in June and August,” he said.
Following the upheaval caused by Pinnick’s decision to pitch tent with Ahmad, the Federal Government early this week ordered the Glass House to vote for Cameroon’s Hayatou in Thursday’s polls.