Nigeria: Ex-Nigeria captain, Odegbami, to run for FIFA presidency

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigeria captain Segun Odegbami has declared his intention to run for the Presidency of world soccer's governing body, FIFA, PANA reported Wednesday.

“My life's ambition has always been to use football to make a difference in my local space and across the world,” Odegbami, 63, said in a statement he issued here.

Odegbami becomes the third African to have declared willingness to run for football's highest administration job, after another Nigerian, former State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, and Liberian football administrator Musa Bility

Another African, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa, is considering running for the office, to be vacated by Sepp Blatter of Switzerland following a corruption scandal that broke out in May, in which many FIFA officials were indicted on corruption charges.

Odegbami said the scandal in FIFA is the organization's worst crisis in its 111 years of existence.

''Moving forward, FIFA thus requires a new era of leadership that can restore the dignity of the noble sport...I see myself fitting into this role,'' he said.

Odegbami led Nigeria's national team, then called the Green Eagles, to win the Africa Cup of Nation in 1990.

He has served in several capacities in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), but has not succeeded in leading the Federation, despite making several attempts.

The FIFA Presidential election will be held on 26 Feb. 2016.

President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini and Chung Mong-joon, former President of South Korea Football Association, are also running for the FIFA top job.
-0- PANA SEG 2Sept2015

02 september 2015 09:44:35

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