Nigeria looks set not to field any candidate in next year’s FIFA elections as there are fears that the remaining aspirant from the country, former International Segun Odegbami could not get the required backing to allow him officially stand as one of the contestants to replace outgoing President, Sepp Blatter.
Though FIFA is yet to come out with the official list of contestants that beat its Monday midnight deadline, there pointers that the late endorsement of Odegbami by the Nigeria Football Federation may have worked against the ambition of the former Green Eagles skipper.
Among other things, qualification to stand for the FIFA Presidency demands a minimum of five written endorsements from national football federations plus a declaration of a role in the game in two of the past five years.
It was gathered that while the NFF made verbal pronouncement of endorsing Odegbami over the weekend, official documents to that effect were only received on Monday afternoon-hours before the deadline set by FIFA.
Already the other Nigerian in the race former Gov. Orji Uzor Kalu has jettisoned his ambition; leaving two other Africans -Musa Bility (president of the Liberian federation) and Tokyo Sexwale (South African businessman) in the race.
Aside the African duo, six other contestant are also confirmed to be in the race; they are Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Michel Platini, Jerome Champagne, David Nakhid, Shaikh Salman Bin Brahim Al Khalifa and Gianni Infantino.
The World Football’s governing body has confirmed it will hold the election to determine Blatter’s successor at a special congress on 26 February 2016.