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FIFA Presidency: NFF Gives Odegbami, Kalu Conditions

Posted: Sep 10, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Peter Edema


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has given Chief Segun Odegbami (MON) and former governor of Abia state, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, conditions before it can come to their aid in their bid to contest the FIFA Presidency.

Kalu  and Odegbami

Kalu and Odegbami

A new election that will elect a new person that will replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA President is scheduled for March 2016.

Blatter decided to step following a series of corruption allegations against several officials of FIFA.

Consequently, several people including Odegbami and Kalu have indicated interest in running for the presidency of FIFA.

Against this background, the NFF at an executive meeting in Port Harcourt on Monday decided that for the body to support the aspiration of these Nigerians, certain conditions must be met.

The federation said that it decided to impose these conditions on the because of the failure suffered by some Nigerians that contested elections into FIFA/CAF executive bodies in the past four years.

“The Executive Committee noted with deep concern that over the past four (4) years, two prominent Nigerian football administrators had lost elections to be on the FIFA/CAF Executive Committees. The Committee believes these losses can be put down to lack of extensive consultations.

“Against the foregoing, the Executive Committee is determined that Nigeria will no longer be exposed to such defeats in international football politics, as they inevitably reduce our stock.

“In order to guard against our country suffering such undeserved embarrassment and being reduced to a fringe player at international level, the Committee unanimously resolved that aspirants for the Office of Presidency of FIFA fulfill the following conditions before the NFF can consider giving its endorsement.

The conditions are; A letter of endorsement from the relevant State Football Association; Provision of evidence of fulfillment of the FIFA Presidential election eligibility provisions; Endorsement by continental football governing body, CAF (the NFF can facilitate meetings with CAF top hierarchy) and letter of support from the National Sports Commission.

“Should any of the aspiring prominent Nigerians fulfill the above conditions, the Nigeria Football Federation will, unfailingly, throw its weight behind this candidate {only one person can be endorsed by the NFF} and vigorously campaign for the particular candidate to win election into the seat of the FIFA Presidency,” it stated on its website.