FIFA Presidency: Stop Blaming Everyone, Admit You Failed, NFF Tells Odegbami

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has asked former
Nigerian international, Olusegun Odegbami, to stop his “campaign of calumny”
against the federation and prominent Nigerian football figures. It also asked
the ex-footballer to face up to the reality that he undid him own campaign for
a slot at the FIFA Presidency. Here’s what Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Chairman of
the NFF Media and Publicity Committee said;
“We are thoroughly disappointed at the conduct of Chief
Odegbami since his failed bid. He was his own big problem, with the letter he
wrote castigating the leadership of FIFA and CAF, which he brazenly copied to
these eminent figures.
“We consider Chief Odegbami an elder statesman in Nigeria
football, but he has been throwing a lot of tantrums lately. He has been
accusing very prominent and illustrious persons of so many things, and imagining
himself to be a saint.”

“The NFF is aware that Odegbami reached out to the Football
Associations of Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic and Zambia. How is his failure the
fault of the NFF? They told him to his face that they were opposed to him
because of his statements against the President of CAF, who is now Acting FIFA
“He said the NFF wasted time in endorsing him. As far back
as September 8, we set out conditions for himself and Chief Orji Kalu to meet
before we could endorse either of them. We always emphasized extensive
consultations by the aspirants. It is outrightly mischievous for him to give
the impression that the NFF was his problem. The NFF President was in Cairo,
Egypt to campaign for him for the five nominations, but where was Odegbami
himself on the day that mattered?
“Let it be said that Nigeria was the only country where more
than one person showed interest in the race. Odegbami was a great football
player and brought honour to Nigeria, but Chief Kalu also brought honour to
Nigeria through extensive support for Enyimba to win top laurels. It is also
true that Kalu indicated his interest before Odegbami did. Yet, we eventually
endorsed Odegbami.”

“Odegbami has this strange idea that everyone else is
tainted and he is not! He worked against himself. It is not NFF’s problem; it
is his problem, entirely.”

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