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Thursday, July 18, 2019

WHAT A DAY: NFF President Amaju Pinnick Removed From CAF Position As Mikel Obi Retires From Int'l Football

NFF President Amaju Pinnick removed from CAF Position, New VPs Picked

Amaju Pinnick has been removed as 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The decision was taken during the body’s Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on Thursday.


Per Osasu Obayiuwana, @PinnickAmaju has been removed as @CAF_Online 1st Vice-President. The action was taken at CAF’s ongoing exco committee meeting, taking place after the conclusion of Thursday’s congress. Details to follow.Soon.
Pinnick himself was elevated to the position after the corruption case brought against former Ghana FA President and CAF 1st VP, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
CAF’s executive committee on Wednesday have agreed to allow FIFA Secretary General take charge of the administration of CAF for a period of 6 Months.
“However, It comes despite some Executive Committee members voicing their opposition to Samoura, who will retain her FIFA role, being parachuted in to intervene in the day-to-day running of the CAF amid its governance crisis,” Liam Morgan [insidethegames.biz] wrote.
Samoura will be in charge for an initial six-month period due to begin in August, with her team responsible for carrying out a “full forensic audit” of CAF, whose President Ahmad has been embroiled in allegations of wrongdoing and was arrested over corruption charges in Paris last month.

MIKEL OBI RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi has retired from international football.

The former Chelsea and Middlesbrough midfielder made the announcement on Thursday afternoon after leading the Nigerian team to a bronze medal finish at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Mikel, 32, took to his Instagram page to make the much-awaited announcement.
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Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my National career. In 2006 I played my first official championship for my Country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for National Team with Super Eagles. 
My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful for the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible National and International career. 
At the age of 32, it’s time for me to retire from the National team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019. 
Thank you to all my Nigerian supporters and to my Country for all the trust, support and love you’ve shown me over the past 15 years.
Mikel out!
Mikel represented the Nigeria under-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and won the Silver Ball for the second-best player at the tournament (behind Lionel Messi) as the Africans finished runner-up to Argentina.
He made his debut for the Nigeria senior team on 17 August 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya.
At the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Mikel was a key player for Nigeria as they went on to win their third continental title. He was named by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the team of the tournament alongside teammates Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Victor Moses, and Emmanuel Emenike.

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