Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has stated that the acting president of world football governing body FIFA Issa Hayatou as an individual who has seen the good, bad and ugly of the game of soccer during an interview with Alex Thomas on CNN World Sport programme on Tuesday.
FIFA on Thursday named Camerounian soccer administrator as acting president of the world football governing body during Sepp Blatter’s three-month suspension.
This is the first time an African will take the role of FIFA president. Hayatou who doubles as President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) and acting president of FIFA will manage the affairs of FIFA till the next election in 2016.
The Camerounian will steer the organization towards an election next February to replace Blatter, while Swiss and U.S. authorities continue their investigations into corruption at the highest levels of the sport.
He stated further that he has no regret about supporting the ousted FIFA boss Sepp Blatter whom the FIFA Ethics committee recommended sanction, after the Swiss attorney general opened criminal proceedings against the 79-year-old.
The Delta State born administrator also added that there are two candidates from Nigeria vying for the exalted office of leading football on global stage and they would could the said presidential aspirants.