Pinnick Leads Drive For Infrastructural Development In African Football
The Confederation of African Football has intensified efforts for a $1billion lifeline for the wholesale revamp of football infrastructure on the African continent.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation and Member of the CAF Emergency Committee, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick led the drive at a crucial meeting in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital.
The NFF boss, who is also a member of FIFA Council, was accompanied by President of FIFA, Mr Gianni Infantino and CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe to pay a courtesy visit to the President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina.
Also at the meeting were CAF General Secretary, Mr Veron Mosengo-Omba and Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba.
“It was a very important meeting, as we started the push for our objective of raising $1billion to change the face of football infrastructure in Africa. You will recall that the CAF President made a statement regarding the need to raise this money for the sake of football infrastructure on our continent some weeks back. This new CAF regime is a doing team, not just a talking one. So, we have set out to work.
“The President of FIFA was there as solidarity for the steps we are taking. We had a very useful and positive meeting with the President of African Development Bank. Further talks are lined up. We are also going to meet with other institutions and individuals who have the means and the willingness to help African football to realise its potentials and break into the big time,” Pinnick said.
The meeting in the Ivorian capital came only a few days after the inspection team of Confederation of African Football released a report stating categorically that 22 of the 54 countries in Africa have no football pitch that meets the standard to host international matches.