Benin Republic defeats Nigeria in CAF election

Aminu Maigari

Maigari lost to the Benin Republic candidate.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigiari, on Sunday lost his bid to get elected into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF.

The election was part of the programmes at the ongoing CAF Congress in Marrakech, Morocco.

Former Nigeria sports administrator, Amos Adamu, until his ban by FIFA for bribery related issues, was the country’s eye in the CAF executive.

Maigari shockingly lost to Benin Republic’s Moucharafou Anjorin, in the run-off ballot, after both candidates failed to get the needed majority in the first round of voting.

While Anjorin was able to garner 35 votes in the run-off, Maigari got just 19 votes.

Another shock saw respected South African football administrator, Danny Jordaan, lose to Ahmad of Madagascar for a seat in the CAF leadership.

Meanwhile, Cameroon’s Issah Hayatou was re-elected unopposed as the President of CAF extending his tenure in charge to almost three decades.

Hayatou used his re-election at the organisation’s congress to take a swipe at rival, Jacques Anouma, who was disqualified from the contest despite several attempts to get his name on the ballot.

Hayatou last year steered an amendment through a specially convened congress to prevent all but executive committee members from running for the presidency, thereby excluding Anouma from the race.

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