The Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) on Tuesday endorsed the candidacy of former Nigeria international, Segun Odegbami MON, for the FIFA Presidency elections in 2016.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, APFON General Secretary Austin Popo said that the players union was convinced that Odegbami was an outstanding choice for such a post rather than former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu.
"We acknowledge the fact that Orji Uzor Kalu is a successful business man and politician, but this is football. In other climes, ex-footballers are being supported by their own to aspire to the FIFA presidency. APFON has looked at it's ranks and decided that Odegbami is the best candidate Nigeria should present.
"Odegbami's records are there for everyone to see. Both during and after his active days. Kalu on the other hand, cannot be said to have done anything for football after he left office.
Popo blasted the Nigeria Football Federation who have not shown implicit support to the ambition of the one-time Green Eagles star.
"With regard to the conditions given by the NFF, we must state that the NFF hasn't acted properly. As we speak, they are yet to officially respond to his official request for support.
Popo also stated that the players union was aware of the tacit moves by the NFF who have only responded through the media to Odegbami's dream of leading FIFA.
Popo further warned that if the NFF could not show any clear reason to deny Odegbami a level playing ground to contest, APFON would take up the matter and protest the plans to scuttle his ambitions.
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