FIFA Presidency: Support Kalu’s Bid, Adamu Tells FG

Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK)

A former Director-General of the
National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Amos Adamu, has enjoined the federal
government to support the candidature of a Nigerian for the position of
President of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) in the
forthcoming world football-governing body’s election scheduled for February
2016.

The former executive member of FIFA noted that this is the best time for
Nigeria to present a candidate that has the capacity in terms of managerial
acumen, great personality and financial resources.

According to the veteran football
administrator, the demand of the office of FIFA presidency goes beyond just
being a sports person as it requires a wide range of diplomatic, business and
administrative skills.
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK)
Adamu who made the remarks in Abuja
on Thursday while playing host to select ex-Super Eagles’ players said, “the
position of FIFA president is open to all member-countries and I strongly
believe that Nigeria has well-meaning individuals that have what it takes to
take the football body to greater heights.
“In the past few weeks, I have
been following the calls from soccer stakeholders for African Pillar of Sports,
Dr. Orji Kalu, to join the FIFA presidency race. There is no doubt that the
former governor has a good chance to clinch the ticket owing to his antecedents
not only in the sports circle but also in the business and political world.
“Kalu has been playing
different roles in football administration and sports in general. You will
recall that during his tenure as Governor of Abia State, he ensured that
Enyimba Football Club became a household name on the African continent as he
led the team to win the trophy for the first time by any Nigerian clubside.
Apart from this, under his watch, Enyimba FC became the first club in Nigeria
and among the few in Africa who have had the privilege of not only winning the
trophy more than once but also winning it back to back in 2003 and 2004.
“The former governor’s bid for the
race has been received with delight beyond the shores of Nigeria as I have been
receiving goodwill messages from colleagues and other prominent sports
stakeholders in West and Central Africa”
“Kalu’s candidature is not only good for football enthusiasts but in the
interest of Africa. This is an opportunity to redeem the image of Nigeria
through sports”, Adamu declared.
The gathering had in attendance ex–international footballer, John Fashanu.

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