Ex- Eagles skipper, Segun Odegbami, has unveiled plans to run for next year’s FIFA presidency.
The man popularly called ‘The Mathematical’ for his analytical skills, noted that the world’s football governing body needs a new era of leadership to restore dignity to the sport after recent scandals, and he fits into that description.
The election to replace Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA who quit in June following multi-million dollar corruption allegations against the body, will hold February 26, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.
According to Africanfootball.com, Odegbami 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.
“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.”
The ex-international won 46 caps and scored 23 goals for Nigeria, including two goals to hand Nigeria her first Africa Nations Cup triumph in 1980.
Odegbami has until October 26 to formally present his nomination, alongside other supporting documents, through the Nigeria Football Federation to FIFA.
If he succeeds with his ambition, he will become the first African to hold the exalted post of the world’s most powerful football governing body.
The Nigerian legend also recently expressed confidence in the ability of Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh to succeed with the national side.