Segun Odegbami Declares Interest In FIFA’s Presidency

NFFAfrican ace football legend and one of the greatest Nigerian players of all time, Segun Odegbami, has declared his interest run for the presidency of the world football governing body, FIFA.

Mr Odegbami made his interest known in a statement released on Tuesday by his campaign team.

The election is scheduled to take place on February 26, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The position of the President of FIFA is now vacant since the current President, Sepp Blatter, resigned his appointment in June 2015.

New Era Of Leadership

According to Mr Odegbami, also known as ‘Mathematical Odegbami’, a label he was given because of his masterful exhibition of engineered dribbles, technical control of the ball and goal-scoring skills during his footballing era, “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 believed that “to address the issue will demand that FIFA purges itself, launders its image, restores its reputation and reinstates integrity into its activities and operations”. this he said would require a new form of leadership with a renewed vision.

He said: “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”.

A statement by the spokesman for his campaign team, Dr. Ade Adeagbo, said Odegbami had 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 process for the attainment of the position of President of FIFA is a long and tedious journey, which Segun Odegbami is prepared to travel,” the statement read.

Mr Odegbami also sought the support and prayers of all Nigerians, the African continent and the whole world.

The deadline for candidates to formally present their nominations through their home football federations, with other supporting documents, is October 26 October 2015.

Candidates will also undergo an integrity test, through FIFA’s ad-hoc election committee.

FIFA Presidency: Platini To Announce Bid

uefaUEFA President, Michel Platini, is expected to make a big announcement about his intention to run for the presidency of  world football governing body, FIFA.

Platini, who, according to reports, has gotten the support of at least four continental confederations in his quest to succeed Sepp Blatter, who announced plans to step down two months ago, is expected to make the big announcement sometime this week.

The European football governing body chief’s impending announcement, who pundits say is the favourite to succeed Blatter, is likely to prompt other contenders to confirm their plans to stand.

South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon, a former FIFA vice-president, is expected to announce his candidacy next month, while Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, beaten by Blatter during the presidential vote in May, is also considering running in next February’s election.

Platini, who is a former protege of Blatter’s, turned into one of his biggest critics and he has said FIFA’s corruption scandal “disgusted” him and gave him “stomach trouble”.

However, critics of the Frenchman who played who is a legend of Italia Serie A club, will focus on his support for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

Platini, part of the FIFA executive committee since 2002, voted for Qatar, despite FIFA’s own technical report flagging up concerns about the searing heat in the Gulf state.

Embattled FIFA President, Blatter said last month he would leave his post after 18 years as head of the world football governing body, amidst corruption allegations, just four days after he won a fifth four-year term by beating Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein in a vote.

The executive committee has set February 26, 2016, as the date for a vote to replace Blatter ,and candidates have until October 26 to be nominated by five national federations.

A two-third majority is required in the first round of voting to win the election. If that fails, then a simple majority is required.


Luis Figo Launches His Manifesto For FIFA Presidency

FIFA PresidencyPortuguese great, Luis Figo, has launched his manifesto as he contests for FIFA presidency.

The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan star, says unrest he witnessed at the World Cup in Brazil and the furore surrounding Michael Garcia’s report into allegations of corruption at Fifa led him to stand.

“The Brazil report was one of the things that made me to take this step and announce that I’m here to try to change something that I believe should be done,” he told BBC.

One of the points that stood out in his manifesto is the plan to expand the World Cup format and return money to individual national football associations.

While he did not dispute the possibility of smaller nations backing him for the FIFA presidency because of this proposal, he said, “I am not doing this to win votes. I think my ideas are for the future of the organisation and the future of football.

“The money belongs to the associations and I think FIFA have done a good job but not so efficient like I propose.

“Another idea that I think is possible is regarding the reserves of FIFA right now. I propose in my manifesto that $500million is enough to cover all the running cost of the 4-year cycle.

Figo, who won 127 caps with Portugal, says he is “not worried” about the FIFA election turning “nasty”, adding that he is just focused on his ideas and how they affect his candidacy.

What is important to the 42 year old legend is convincing the associations about where changes are required and that he is the right man to bring the positive change to the global game.

Luís Figo, born November 4, 1972, retired from football on May 31, 2009.