Nigerian business man withdraws from FIFA presidency race

The Nigerian business man did not meet the Monday, October 26 deadline for the submission of FIFA presidency bid

Orji Uzor Kalu

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu will not be contesting in the FIFA presidency election.

The Nigerian business man did not meet the Monday, October 26 deadline for the submission of FIFA presidency bid.

In a statement signed by his Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu commended football stakeholders across the world who supported him despite not making an official bid.

“I feel humbled and honoured with the widespread call for me to vie for the position of FIFA president,” he said in a statement.

“I sincerely appreciate the show of love and support demonstrated by African countries of endorsements despite my decision not to submit a bid.

“I particularly remain grateful to FIFA President, and his team for personally acknowledging my capability to take the world football body to enviable heights.”

Uzor Kalu in the statement revealed that he has decided to focus his attention and resources on is business and humanitarian activities due to the economic challenges in Nigeria.

“As a football enthusiast, I remain committed and passionate to the advancement of sports especially Africa,” Kalu declared.

Ex-Nigeria winger Segun Odegbami also failed in his FIFA presidential bid as he couldn't get the five required backing after the support from the Nigeria Football Federation came too late.

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