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APFON Roots For Odegbami On FIFA Presidency Bid

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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4 Comments

  1. Reply Post By gboyegaa

    Why do Nigerians think they can always buy any position or bribe their way through? Kalu has no chance at all with his money because the people voting will have no chance of being bought now that it was corruption that has brought about the exit of the current FIFA boss Blatter, who himself is not corrupt (because they are still to find anything concrete to nail him apart from a contract that involves Platini which is really a no case) but officials around him.
    Odegbami too has no chance of winning this time around but stands a better chance than Kalu. Presenting Kalu will only give the impression that he intends to come and bribe his way through but presenting Odegbami will give the impression a competitive candidate is being put forward that is not likely to win probably because the other contestants have more popularity within FIFA.

  2. Reply Post By AFOLABI DAVID

    WHY CAN`T WE LEARN TO HONOR OUR OWN INSTEAD OF DRAGGING THEM TO THE MOD. SEGUN HAS SERVED THIS COUNTRY WHOLE HEARTEDLY WITHOUT OCCUPYING ANY GOVERNMENT POST TO STEAL MONEY INSTEAD HE DID IT WILLINGLY AND DELIGENTLY YET THEY WANT TO DEPRIVE HIM OF AN HONOR BY PLAYING POLITICS AND MONEY( CORRUPTION AT WORK AGAIN, GHANA MUST GO BAGS) AT WHAT LEVEL DID KALU KNOW FOOTBALL MATTER RULES ETC NO WONDER THE THE FORMER NFF CHAIRMAN WAS NOT AWARE OF HEAD TO HEAD MATCH THAT MADE QUINEA TO EDGE US OUT OF 2012 NATION CUP WHEN YOU GIVE A MINISTRY OF HEALTH POST TO AN ARABIC TEACHER BCOS HE HAS MONEY OR BCOS HE IS CONNECTED. SEGUN HAS BEEN IN FOOTABLL SINCE HE PLAYING DAYS AND TILL NOW HE IS TILL THERE TILL NOW BUT THAT CANNOT BE SAID OF THE OTHER PARTY( WITH RESPECT TO HIM) HE IS ALSO A GRADUATE FAR BACK IN ENGINEERING EVEN DURING HIS PLAYING DAYS SO THIS MAN IS EDUCATED AND CAN REPRESENT US VERY WELL IN THE INTERNATION LEVEL. PLS LET US DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR ONCE AND PUT POLITIC ASIDE BUT NATIONAL INTEREST.

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  3. Frankly speaking, Odegbami is far more better candidate than any other other in Nigeria without bias.

  4. Reply Post By Ambassador A. C. Oguikpe

    Fellow Nigerians, it is time to wake up, know our rights and do things without sentiments of whatsoever.
    Now that we have candidates with the ambition of contesting for FIFA Presidency come 2016, Kalu and Odegbami. Whom do we think that is qaulified enough to go in for this honourable position both financially because it involves much money and administratively because it demands a born and good administrator? But before you answer this question, remember that Dr. Orji Kalu was the first to declare his ambition for FIFA Presidency to Nigerians before Odegbami.
    Now that the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) has endorsed the candidacy of Segun, stating that he is a better candidate if compare with Kalu. But ket me ask, is it not madness to warn the NFF simply because they have not granted Odegbami’s request?
    If there any thing that Odegbami has done or contributed to Nigeria apart from the fact that he played under the category of the then Green Eagles and Nigerian’s feel to honour him, they should give him a post here in Nigeria either the APFON Chairman, NFF Chairman or Super Eagles coach or any other thing not FIFA President because he is not an administrator but former player.
    Lastly, we don’t need some body that will start a project and would’nt finish or will begine to beg people or government for financial help.
    Let us avoid politics, sentiments and do the right thing. This is time for Africa – Nigeria to handle the most envious position in the world as Africa records the highest population in the world!

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