Ahead of the World Football Governing body Elections, erstwhile President, Sepp Joseph Blatter, has declared his support for a Nigerian and former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, in the FIFA Elections as FIFA President.
This is coming after Blatter faulted the candidature of former Secretary General, Jerome Champagne, and Prince Alli of Jordan.
Blatter told a Swiss radio, in Zurich on Sunday: “The position of the FIFA president is too important to be left to just anybody.
“I have heard of some candidates who want to take over from me.
“But 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.
“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 said though Kalu had not formally declared his interest, it was in the best interest of Africa to nominate him because of his deep passion for the game.
He said: “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 Champgne 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.”
More so, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), is expected to meet next week to decide on a candidate for the FIFA election scheduled for 2016.
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and Segun Odegbami are the two candidates who have shown interest in the post from Africa.