Former Green Eagles captain, Chief Segun Odegbami has joined the list of eminent people who have indicated interest to contest for the position of FIFA president in the February 26, 2016 elections. According to a release issued on Tuesday by the Head of his campaign team, Dr. Ade Adeagbo, the former international has thrown his hat into the ring because FIFA needs the kind of leadership that would help restore the dignity of the noble sport. The statement quoted Odegbami as saying “The current scandal at FIFA is the organisation’s worst crisis in its 111 years of existence.” He further said: “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.
“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 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.” The statement further said 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. The aspirant therefore called on all and sundry to give him all the necessary support in his bid to “help in maximizing the global followership of the game to transform the lives of people and communities and advance social causes around the world”. Nigeria’s Orji Uzor Kalu had earlier declared interest in the FIFA plum job. Hmmm… Odegbami had made an unsuccessful bid to NFF presidency. Now he wants to try the ultimate position in football. Maybe he might be the Abraham Lincoln of football.