Orji Uzor Kalu for FIFA President
The Nigerian Football Federation looks set to reject the candidacy of Orji Uzor Kalu for the post of president of FIFA.
The former Abia state governor has expressed interest in the position, but doesn’t meet the qualifications for the post.
Kalu’s bid has been generating support, with former football John Fashanu giving him his endorsement.
For Kalu to be eligible for the elections to replace Sepp Blatter, the NFF has to endorse him first.
That endorsement doesn’t seem likely, as section one of article 13 of the FIFA statutes regarding the eligibility of th President rule him out.
The section reads:
“The candidate shall have played an active role in association football (as a board member, committee member, referee and assistant referee, coach, trainer and any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in FIFA, a Confederation, Association, League or Club or as a player) for two of the last five years before being proposed as a candidate (cf. art. 24 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes).”
The NFF’s president, Amaju Pinnick, has said that the body will review Kalu’s application.