President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF Amaju Pinnick has travelled to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea Wednesday as the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON kicks off on Saturday, according to a statement issued by Ademola Olajire Assistant Director (Communications). Pinnick has been picked by the Confederation of African Football, CAF to commission two matches in the group phase with opportunities for more in the knockout rounds.
CAF has however rued the absence of 2013 champions Nigeria, who failed to qualify for tournament after finishing behind South Africa and Congo in Group A of the qualifying campaign. Before travelling, Pinnick transmitted a letter to members of the Executive Committee of the NFF notifying them that first Vice-president, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi will act in his stead: “I will be away to the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea from 16 January to 9 February, 2015 on the invitation of CAF and in official capacity. The First Vice-president should thus oversee the workings of the Office of the President for the period I will be away. All official correspondence should be channelled to him.”