Pinnick, who lost a bid to be in the FIFA Advisory Council few months ago, has reportedly submitted his nomination form for the CAF election that will be held in March 2017. However, the NFF boss could be embarking on a wild goose chase as our correspondent learnt there were so many forces against his candidacy. A source, New Telegraph learnt that Pinnick was not in the good books of CAF President Issa Hayatou who has not forgiven the Nigerian for snubbing him during the visit of FIFA President Gianni Infantino to Nigeria few months ago. Pinnick did not invite Hayatou when Infantino came and the continent's top man blocked the Nigerian from realising his ambition of becoming a member of FIFA decisionmaking body.
Hayatou has also reportedly told Pinnick to drop his ambition to vie for CAF slot, asking him to allow more experienced administrators run the show.
Former CAF and FIFA executive member Amos Adamu has also advised him to stay action but Pinnick is reportedly adamant. He is also facing opposition from members of the NFF board as Technical Committee chairman, Chris Green, told journalists on Thursday that his ambition could jeopardise Eagles' chances in the 2018 World Cup qualifying series. “We cannot let one of our best brains if not the best to go and serve CAF when we need him here back home to make our system better than we met it,” he said.