Pinnick who spoke with BBC interviewer, Oluwashina, said that the problems affecting the image of Africa football is integrity. He continued that with integrity no one would talk about nepotism, religious bigotry, racism and ethnicity, as integrity is everything.
“Integrity encapsulates everything, once you have integrity every other factor is secondary,” he said.
He added: “If you integrity, you will look at ethnicity, if you integrity, you will look at linguistic difference, if you integrity, you will look at religious bigotry. Integrity means 100%.”
On the upcoming Confederation African Football (CAF) election to be held on 12th March in Rabat in Morocco, and his advise for the contestants.
Pinnick said that the contestants should think of Africa, which means that they should be focused on the change they can bring to the continent football in terms of development and the future of African football.
CAF had already shortlisted four candidates for the post of the president, where the incumbent president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, was declared ineligible due to his five-year suspension by FIFA.
The candidates that will be vying for the CAF presidency are the president of the Senegalese Football Federation, Augustin Senghor, and former president of the Ivorian Football Federation, Jacques Anouma.
Others in the contest are Ahmed Yahya, president of the Mauritanian Football Federation, and South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe who is the president of the Mamelodi Sundowns club, and mining magnate whose candidacy was approved and supported by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).
Assessing the contestants, Pinnick said: ” Let’s look at his pedigree, what has he done before in football?
“Augustin Senghor is my brother and friend, he has done well for Senegalese football and he can do better, we are waiting for them to win the Nationa’s cup.
“Jacques Anouma, he’s an excellent guy. I’ve always respected him and to me he should be in the all of fame, that’s it, at this point!
“Ahmed Yahya, he’s an excellent guy, he’s a guy of the future. He’s somebody I love, we’re in the same committee, he knows.”
Surprisingly, Pinnick declared his interest in Patrice Motsepe because they share similar minds as businessmen.
He said: “Patrick’s my choice and my candidate, and the reason, I believe he can change this.”
“Because I’m a businessman and I know what that does for football. [You see] when you’re a businessman, you map out your strategy, you don’t think the way ordinary people think, because for you to be successful in certain endeavour, there are so many steps you go through,” he added.
problems affecting the image of african football and those vying for the soul of the continent’s game in March. Here’s a short clip from Wednesday’s BBC FOA TV 👇🏿 will share full video link soon 🔜 2/2 pic.twitter.com/gtk8vs0q7F
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