Nigeria: Pinnick Sure of Better Host for Afcon 2019

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8 January 2019

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) are expected to announce 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts after tomorrow's Executive Committee meeting, and voting for a better-qualified candidate between Egypt and South Africa.

According to Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, who is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee, his committee has analysed the strengths of the two bidding nations and would advise CAF on the better option ahead of tomorrow's meeting of the CAF Executive Committee that will select the host country.

"The AFCON committee of which I am the chairman has done a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) on both bidding countries and we will meet on the sideline of the CAF Football Awards to finally decide on the best option and present same to CAF before Wednesday's meeting. "The interest of African football is paramount in this. It is important that we get this right so that the selected country can quickly put structures in place for the championship which is only about five months away," Pinnick said.

The NFF boss, who is also a Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, arrived the Senegalese capital on Sunday evening for the meetings as well as the AITEO-CAF African Football Awards, which holds in the historic island of Goree today. Pinnick's influence and insistence was determinant in CAF agreeing to a four -year contract with Nigeria's leading energy solution company, AITEO for sponsorship of the African Football Awards. AITEO came into the picture last year on a one-year agreement to bankroll the event hosted in Accra, Ghana following the departure of another Nigerian company, Globacom. CAF had in November 2018 stripped designated host, Cameroon, of the right to host the 2019 AFCON as a result of delays in construction and security threats.

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