Segun Odegbami has declared his intentions of taking over from Sepp Blatter as president of world football governing body, FIFA.
Odegbami was a key member of the side that won Nigeria’s nfirst ever Africa Cup of Nations title back in 1980.,The former skipper who described himself as an ‘African Candidate’ stated that FIFA needed a new era to restore dignity to the round leather game after recent scandals that rocked the governing body.
Blatter, 79, stepped down shortly after winning a fifth term earlier this year with FIFA embroiled in allegations of corruption as 14 FIFA and sports business executives were charged by the US authorities in May over more than $150 million in bribes allegedly paid for television and marketing deals.
Seven FIFA officials have been detained but Blatter has not been linked to any corruption case.
“The current scandal at FIFA is the organisation’s worst crisis in its 111 years of existence,” said Odegbami.
“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.”
Odegbami added: “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 organisation 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.”
Odegbami who recorded 23 goals in 46 appeaarances for Nigeria, faces several hurdles as he has UEFA boss, Michel Platini and South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon, a former FIFA vice-president, to beat in the race for the presidency.
Odegbami 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.
Candidates will also undergo an integrity test, through FIFA’s ad-hoc election committee.
The deadline for candidates to formally present their nominations through their home football federations, with other supporting documents, is October 26, 2015.
The election takes place in Zurich on February 26, 2016.