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Blatter’s Plan To Resign, Right Step, Says Odegbami, Owolabi

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Super Eagles captain, Segun Odegbami, on Wednesday said Sepp Blatter’s notice to resign as FIFA President was a right step to restore confidence in the world football governing body.

Odegbami told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the resignation would facilitate unfettered investigation into alleged corruption in the body

Blatter, who was re-elected on May 29 as FIFA president, has been dogged by controversy over the football body’s award of hosting rights to Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.

On Tuesday at a news conference, Blatter said he would resign and called for an extraordinary FIFA Congress “as soon as possible” to elect a successor.

“Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) should also be visited next; that place would make the corruption in FIFA look like child’s play,’’ the former Green Eagles player said.

A former Nigeria Football Association (NFF) board member, Felix Owolabi, commended Blatter for taking the path of honour by throwing in the towel.

“It was the best option for Blatter in the circumstance and it was a good thing that he towed the path of honour,” he said.

Owolabi said that there was a wind of change blowing globally against corruption and the decision of Blatter to resign was good for him and for the image of FIFA.

He, however, said it was unfortunate that the world football governing body was embroiled in a corruption saga.

A former General-Secretary, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Taiwo Ogunjobi, said the FIFA president should have resigned before the election.

“It was unfortunate that he waited that long before resigning his position despite the fact that corruption allegations had been on in FIFA for the past two years,” he said.

Ogunjobi said that it was time to clean up FIFA and restore its image that had been badly battered as a result of the corruption allegations and indictment of some executive members and officials.

A sports stakeholder, Steve Olarinoye, who was a one time Head of International Department of the NFF, commended Blatter’s decision to resign.

“For doing that it shows that he is a man of honour. He is not directly involved but for the sake of his integrity he resigned,” Olarinoye said.

Ademola Adesina, a former Green Eagles player, said FIFA president’s decision to resign was the best he could have taken under the circumstance.

Adesina said that if Blatter had not taken the decision there could have been pressures that could have distracted him from executing his programmes

However, President of NFF Amaju Pinnick, explained in meeting with media executives, that Africa as a continent and as body took a position to support Blatter, who had over the years demonstrated solidarity with the continent and indeed the third world countries.

“He supported the award of the 2010 World Cup to the continent, which has been acknowledged to have, to date hosted one of the most memorable world Cups in recent history’’.