By Johnny Edward:
Osun United Chairman and former Nigeria Football Federation Secretary General, Taiwo Ogunjobi, believes the President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick should not have openly declared his support for Madagascar's Ahmad Ahmad ahead of Thursday's Confederation of African Football elections, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Issa Hayatou, 70, is contesting for an eighth successive term as President of CAF, with Ahmad, 57, his only opponent.
"You don't come out openly to declare support for a candidate in an election at the level of CAF," Ogunjobi told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Maybe youthful exhuberance, I don't know but I think it's a mistake to do that. It's going to be difficult for Ahmad Ahmad even if there's a chance for him. Hayatou has the experience and has been there for years.
"Pinnick would still have voted for a candidate of his choice if he didn't come out to publicly to declare support for Ahmad."
Ogunjobi added that Pinnick faces a tough candidate in Benin Republic’s Anjorin Moucharafou for the sole slot on the powerful CAF Executive Committee seat from West B zone.
Ogunjobi added that his club Osun United will be title contenders in the 2016/17 Nigeria National Football League season, which will kicks off this weekend.
Osun United are away to Bayelsa United in Yenagoa in their opening league game.
"We are ready for the NNL league opener,"Ogunjobi said.
"We have been in camp for over three months and I believe the coach (Duke Udi) has done his homework ahead of the game against Bayelsa United. I'm confident that we will gain promotion at the end of the season."
Ogunjobi also had his reservations on the Super Eagles squad list for the forthcoming friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso later this month in London.
He said: "The coach (Gernot Rohr) has been given a job and so far he was won games but if I feel some players in the squad shouldn't be there. The friendlies are good for the team and it will put them in good shape for the coming games in June and August."