Ex-Nigerian skipper to run for FIFA presidency

2015-09-02 07:42
(File, Shutterstock)

Abuja - Former Nigeria skipper Segun Odegbami became the latest man to throw his hat into the ring to replace Sepp Blatter as president of football's world governing body FIFA, on Tuesday.

The 63-year-old, a key member of the Nigeria side that won its first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980, described himself as an 'African candidate' and said FIFA needed a new era of leadership to restore dignity to the sport after recent scandals.

Blatter, 79, stepped down shortly after winning a fifth term earlier this year with FIFA embroiled in allegations of corruption as 14 FIFA and sports business executives were charged by the US authorities in May over more than $150 million in bribes allegedly paid for television and marketing deals.

Seven FIFA officials have been detained but Blatter has not been linked to any corruption case.

"The current scandal at FIFA is the organisation's worst crisis in its 111 years of existence," said Odegbami.

"Moving forward, FIFA thus require a new era of leadership that can restore the dignity of the noble sport and that of this esteemed international institution."

He added: "Times like this call for all concerned members of the global football family to contribute to the actualization of renewed objectives for FIFA by electing a deserving and qualified person, with the right character that can achieve the desired goals and restore confidence and integrity to the organisation and its activities.

"The world is very interested in who becomes the next President of FIFA, considering the present image and state of this institution and I see myself fitting into this role."

However, Odegbami, scorer of 23 goals in his 46 appearances for Nigeria, faces several hurdles before he can join UEFA supremo Michel Platini and South Korea's billionaire businessman Chung Mong-Joon, a former FIFA vice-president, in the battle to succeed Blatter.

Odegbami has already conveyed his intention to the Nigeria Football Federation, as required by the electoral guidelines and FIFA Statutes, as well as to the federal government, seeking their support.

Candidates will also undergo an integrity test, through FIFA's ad-hoc election committee.

The deadline for candidates to formally present their nominations through their home football federations, with other supporting documents, is October 26, 2015.

The election takes place in Zurich on February 26 next year.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who was the best summer signing in the EPL?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.