Odegbami for FIFA Presidency
Former Nigerian international footballer Segun Odegbami has revealed his decision to contest for the post of FIFA President.
63-year old Odegbami joins a host of football luminaries who have declared their interest in the position, including current UEFA president Michel Platini and Brazil legend Zico.
Odegbami, who won the African Nations Cup in 1980 with the Super Eagles, released a statement declaring his intentions.
“The current scandal at FIFA is the organisation’s worst crisis in its 111 years of existence. 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 with global followership,” Odegbami said in his statement.
“To address the issue will demand that FIFA purges itself, launders its image, restores its reputation and reinstates integrity into its activities and operations. Times like this call for all concerned members of the global football family to contribute to the actualisation 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 organization 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.”
Odegbami, who has already notified the Nigerian Football Federation of his decision, acknowledged his path ahead was not going to be easy.
“The choice of an African, specifically a Nigerian, may look far-fetched in this pursuit, noting the international coverage of FIFA and the historical trend in its leadership reputation,” Odegbami said.
“However, a closer scrutiny of the international football environment reveals the real possibility of such change.”
The elections hold on the 26th of February, 2016.