FIFA president Sepp Blatter has backed Nigerian politician Orji Uzor Kalu to replace him at the helm of affairs of world football governing body.
Sepp Blatter backs Nigerian politician for FIFA Presidency
Sepp Blatter opines that Orji Uzor Kalu is more suited for the job more than other candidates
Kalu has declared his intention to run for the FIFA presidency election which will be holding in February 2016.
Speaking in Zurich, Blatter opined that Kalu is more suited for the job more than other candidates like former Secretary General, Jerome Champagne, and Prince Alli of Jordan.
Blatter hailed Kalu revealing that his experience as a politician and a business man will make him a better president than the other candidates.
“I find the businessman from Nigeria Kalu very qualified and interesting because he is not only a businessman, but a politician with lots of contacts and corporate experience,” Blatter told Swiss Radio.
“He can bring his great experiences to bear in the running of world football.
“He is passionate about the game. I remember how he sponsored one of Nigerian clubs to win the CAF championship twice.
“He is a man that can take world football to the next level.”
Blatter further urged the Confederation of African football (CAF) to support Kalu’s candidacy.
"If Africa hopes to win the support of other federations, then they must cue behind the Nigerian businessman. Football has developed beyond just anybody taking over.
“I sacked Jerome Champagne in 2010 so how can he come back to lead an association he tried to destroy.
“You need a man who can command respect and win friends for football. With Kalu, Africa stands a better chance.”