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|Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by metronaija: 6:44pm On Sep 01, 2015|
African ace football legend and one of the greatest Nigerian players of all time, Segun Odegbami, has thrown his hat into the ring to contest for the post of President of FIFA – the international governing body of association football across the world, with election scheduled to take place on the 26th of February, 2016in Zurich, Switzerland.
The position of the President of FIFA is now vacant since the current president – Sepp Blatter – resigned his appointment in June 2015. According to Segun 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 – said, “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 believes that to address this will demand that FIFA purges itself, launders its image, restores its reputation and reinstates integrity into its activities and operations and that this 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 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”
A look at Segun Odegbami’s background reveals a wholesome and rich antecedent that reflects that this legendary son of African does qualify for this post and has what it takes to effectively represent the Nigerian nation and African continent at FIFA. Odegbami’s relationship with football, started when he was 5 years old With his pedigree, passion, vision, experience, knowledge and character – most of which are evidenced in his broad and global experiences and exposures – this epitome of humility and visionary leadership has demonstrated astute discipline and integrity in all his activities and endeavours, within and outside football. The former captain of the Green Eagles, with 46 caps and 23 goals for the national team and one of those that made the number 7 jersey popular, had also served as an administrator, an educator, a writer, international media personality and as Sports Ambassador of Nigeria.
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 representation. However, a closer scrutiny of the international footballing environment reveals the real possibility of such a change. Throughout the history of FIFA, the organisation had been led by 7 Europeans and one South American, never an African! This despite Africa’s tremendous contributions to the game. Therefore, Odegbami’s aspiration for the leadership of FIFA and noting that he is representing the African continent creates an opportunity to make it the time for Africa.
The bid, from this internationally acclaimed and highly decorated sports man, who has bagged many honours and awards, among which are the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger, the Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Management, FIFA/Mastercard African Players of the 20th Century award, an Honorary Doctorate Degree [Sports] from Bradley University, Illinois, USA, and an Ambassador of the 1-Goal Education-for-All World Cup 2010 Campaign, will be positioned on core messages that this is an African bid, that it is Africa’s turn to lead FIFA, that the spirit and essence of football can reach and permeate far beyond a game of sport, and that football administration can be renewed and viewed from the unique lens of Africa. In his words, “football is what my entire life has revolved around. My life’s ambition has always been to use football to make a difference in my local space and across the world, to go back to the original mission of promoting peace and cementing the bonds of friendships amongst the citizens of the world, and maximizing the global followership of the game to transform the lives of people and communities and advance social causes around the world”
Hence, Odegbami’s approach will pay a lot of attention to issues beyond the current power struggles in football, by exploiting and exploring the sport in a holistic way and focusing on the positive products and by-products of the game that can positively influence and impact on the youths and broader communities of the world. Odegbami promises to steer the activities of the office of the President of FIFA with the highest sense of responsibility, integrity, transparency, probity and accountability, as reflected by the current spirit of value-based leadership now in Nigeria, thereby creating a new and optimistic future for football that further focuses on human, infrastructural, social and community development across the world.
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. He 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 deadline for candidates to formally present their nominations through their home football federations, with other supporting documents, is 26th October 2015. Candidates will also undergo an integrity test, through FIFA’s ad-hoc election committee. Segun Odegbami now seeks the support and prayers of all Nigerians, the African continent and, indeed, the whole world, in taking up this challenge to recreate a new image for the game of football and reposition its developmental influence and possibilities across the globe.
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by ayokunlei(m): 6:45pm On Sep 01, 2015|
First time on front page, with determination and hardwork, nothing is impossible
Don't give up.... Wishing all nairalanders a happy and prosperous new month.
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Nobody: 6:46pm On Sep 01, 2015|
i dint read o, too long, ayam hungry.
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Jossyroyal1: 6:48pm On Sep 01, 2015|
who dey decieve am nau He must have been smoking some kwale weed in recent time
but what did he say he is contesting for? fIFA or CAF presidency?
BTW, i for like vote for u but dem no give me PVC ooo......lol
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by benedictnsi(m): 6:56pm On Sep 01, 2015|
He who is not a lizard in his own country can hardly be a crocodile in another country.......
Anyway, it is not bad.... But the catholics will never forget the Nigerian clergyman that is most qualified for the position of the Roman Catholic Pope or the Papacy yet, it was denied from him
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by metronaija: 7:05pm On Sep 01, 2015|
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by KpStone(m): 7:10pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Choi. I'm yet to recover from this long ban. Na wa o. The way these moderators dey vex ehn. Hian.
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by direkt: 7:12pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Does he have a chance at all to overcome the heavy weight contestants?
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by pretydiva(f): 7:12pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Na who wan vote 4 am ni ..he should start wif caf
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Nobody: 7:12pm On Sep 01, 2015|
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by otabuko(m): 7:13pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Hahahaha... Who's he?
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by MrRhymes101(m): 7:13pm On Sep 01, 2015|
OGA SAVE UR MONEY JOR! U AND I KNOW U CANT WIN, UNLESS U JUST WAN POPULAR SHA
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by missKiffy(f): 7:13pm On Sep 01, 2015|
If I hear say he win, let him start with CAF first
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by rawpadgin(m): 7:14pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Don't think he have chance
he's relatively unknown in world football
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by lightheart(m): 7:14pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Shebi Orji Uzor is also coming out for same?
Two Nigerians for one spot.
That's what my friend will call ojukokoro.
Anyways, goodluck to all'o'dem
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by 5starmilitant: 7:14pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Can he beat platini? Cos platini's also eyeing that throne........
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by condralbede(m): 7:14pm On Sep 01, 2015|
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Nobody: 7:15pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Good for him
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Lordtrillion(m): 7:15pm On Sep 01, 2015|
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Dotmanroy(m): 7:15pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Lool.. Joke of the year
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by activelyA(f): 7:15pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Did i not say that a Nigerian should run
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by missionmex(m): 7:16pm On Sep 01, 2015|
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Yemiseun(m): 7:16pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Just wasting his time
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by scholes0(m): 7:17pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Someone chain this sick man.
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|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by loomer: 7:17pm On Sep 01, 2015|
The seat isn't vaccant till the election is held
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by steppin: 7:18pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Where are the yoruba guys laughing at Orji Uzor Kalu in a similar thread, when he came out to contest?
You guys should double the laughter here..lmao!
Abeg, win NFF chairman first, then move to CAF before dreaming of FIFA chair.
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by brixton: 7:18pm On Sep 01, 2015|
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by Nobody: 7:19pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Good news. I just hope the mafia (CAF) will back him.
Come...lemme stab you with this knife so that you can 'turn your wounds to wisdom', 'cos it's like the lack of wounds is affecting you right now.
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by wellmax(m): 7:19pm On Sep 01, 2015|
Nigerians do really have a great sense of humour.
Instead of working to dislodge Hisa Hayattou, they are busy dreaming of FIFA.
Smell the coffee and wake up, white are damn racists, before African go head FIFA, e go tey!
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by odinese(m): 7:19pm On Sep 01, 2015|
.bend like crayfish if the n***a win!
|Re: Segun Odegbami Runs For FIFA Presidency by 175(m): 7:19pm On Sep 01, 2015|
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