Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Former Nigerian footballer, Segun Odegbami announces FIFA Presidential bid.

Nigeria’s Segun  Odegbami recently announced his intention to run in the upcoming FIFA election, the former Nations Cup player is in the bid for the presidential  elections.
The 63-year-old former Nigerian Captain also known as Mathematical 7 for his on-field precision is the second African after Liberia’s Musa Bility with a third African, South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale - also considering a bid. Brazilian legend Zico and former Trinidad and Tobago international David Nakhid have also declared their intentions, while  UEFA chief Michel Platini and South Korea's Chung Mong-joon already announced their bids earlier.
Following the various corruption allegations that trailed the football governing body earlier in the year, FIFA’s number 1 man Sepp Blatter announced he was stepping down in June after 17 years as FIFA’s president.
Candidates hoping to get a shot at the position have until 26 October to receive the backing of five FIFA members. Elections will be held on 26 February 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.

With a mandate to bring change, the former Olympian in an interview with BBC Sport said:-“The current scandal at FIFA is the organization’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."
 It's time for Africa, the former winger said- "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."BBC Sport