Nigerians are breaking into top circles in world football.
The latest to join the trend is Justice Ayotunde Phillips who has been appointed as a Member of the highly respected FIFA Ethics Committee.
The string of groundbreaking feats was achieved on Thursday as the former Lagos Judge was given the honour of being the only African on the newly-constituted FIFA Ethics Committee.
In what amounted to another remarkable accomplishment for Nigerian Football, Justice Phillips’ election was ratified by the congress of FIFA at its 67th Congress in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday.
This is further evidence of the rising profile of Nigeria in International Football circles as shown by the recent appointments of the NFF President into important CAF and FIFA roles.
The new FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) is headed by Vassilios Skouris (Greece), the longest –serving President of the European Court of Justice.
Fiti Sunia (American Samoa), a Judge and former Attorney General of American Samoa, is deputy chairman.
Other Members are Mohammad Ali Al Kamali (United Arab Emirates: Asia), Aivar Pohlak (Estonia: Europe), Margarita Echeverria (Costa Rica: North and Central America and the Caribbeans), Jack Kariko (Papua New Guinea: Oceania) and Flavio Zveiter (Brazil: South America).
Justice Phillips is presently the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).
On Monday, NFF President Amaju Pinnick became the first Nigerian to be appointed President of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Pinnick was also appointed President of CAF’s Media Committee.