Odegbami an­gered by late NFF sup­port

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar with agency report

Former Ea­gles star and FIFA Pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rant Se­gun Odegbami yes­ter­day ex­pressed anger over Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion’s in­abil­ity to en­dorse his can­di­da­ture on time in prepa­ra­tion for Fe­bru­ary’s polls.

The Algiers 80 high­est goal scorer was un­able to win the re­quired back­ing of five mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions be­fore Monday’s dead­line which af­fected his as­pi­ra­tion.

“The NFF only sent their nom­i­na­tion let­ter to FIFA on Monday af­ter­noon. What was I sup­posed to do with that? That was their re­ac­tion to my let­ter sent to them two months ago. It is pre­pos­ter­ous,” the Daily Trust on Satur­day colum­nist said.

Odegbami also be­lieves that his out­spo­ken crit­i­cism of long-stand­ing Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball pres­i­dent Issa Hay­a­tou may have counted against him.

“Of course there are lo­cal pol­i­tics within the Nige­rian and African foot­ball sys­tem that pitches some of us against the es­tab­lished sys­tem. I have been one of the most vir­u­lent crit­ics of the per­pe­tu­ity of Issa Hay­a­tou in of­fice and I knew I was not one of his best friends,” he added.

Mean­while, Nige­ria’s

other

can­di­date former Gov­er­nor of Abia State Dr. Orji Kalu with­drew his can­di­dacy be­fore the dead­line, com­mend­ing foot­ball stake­hold­ers across the world who wanted him to con­test for the plum FIFA job.

Kalu, while ac­knowl­edg­ing the sup­port of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and other African Pres­i­dents for their pa­tri­otic roles noted that sports is a uni­fy­ing force among Africans.

PHOTO by Shehu K. Goro

A Pro­file team polo player go­ing for last Thurs­day.

the ball dur­ing the African Pa­tron Polo Tour­na­ment at Fifth Chikka in Kaduna

Se­gun Odegbami

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