Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad fired his deputy Amaju Pinnick on Thursday just as global governing body FIFA was releasing details of a road map to put the crisis-hit organisation back on its feet.
Ahmad, who is being investigated by FIFA’s ethics committee for alleged corruption, sacked Pinnick, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, at a hastily-assembled meeting of the CAF executive committee.
“I’ve changed my cabinet,” Ahmad told a news conference.
Pinnick released a statement saying his term was up and he agreed with the CAF president not to renew it.
But senior CAF sources told Reuters: “Pinnick was standing up to Ahmad and taking him on in many issues and Ahmad felt it right to get rid of him.”
Ahmad appointed Constant Omari of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Pinnick’s place as first vice president, which means that if Ahmad is removed as CAF president once FIFA has completed its probe, one of his supporters will step up to replace him at the helm of African football.