FOLLOWING the conditions set by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the would- be Nigeria candidates for the number one position of the world football body (FIFA), a group, South West Football Fans (SWFF) has appealed to ex-international footballer, Chief Segun Odegbami to drop his ambition in support of African Pillar of Sports and former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu.
The group in a statement signed by Bashorun Ade Magbagbeola and Kehinde Sikiru, National Chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively after a meeting in Ibadan on Saturday noted that Nigeria has to present a consensus and formidable candidate with the financial muscle and network of contacts to win the race.
According to the duo, over the years, no African had assumed the position of FIFA president and now is the time to present a Nigerian that has intimidating credentials beyond the world of football.
The statement read: “In the spirit of patriotism, we are by this communiqué calling on well meaning sports stakeholders to persuade Chief Odegbami to drop his ambition. We recognize the fact that Odegbami has played a prominent role in soccer and as such has the right to vie for the position. This is a passionate appeal to him (Odegbami) to support a candidate that has global reach and capacity to favorably compete with candidates from the rest of the world.
“FIFA presidency goes beyond sports, the office requires a personality with cognate experience in the business and political spheres of life. Kalu’s antecedents in sports, business and politics are commendable and make him the best candidate for the job.
Culled from: http://sunnewsonline.com/new/as-group-urges-odegbami-to-step-down-for-kalu/