A frontline politician and member, Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has joined other well meaning sports stakeholders in calling on the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to formally declare his intention to run for the number one position of the world football governing body, FIFA.
Nkire acknowledged the vast experience of the former governor in sports administration.
The seasoned politician made the remarks during a session with some sports journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, Kalu is a household name not only in business and public administration but also sports management.
He said “this is the right time for Nigeria to present a formidable candidate with the capacity in terms of financial resources and network of contacts to vie for FIFA presidency. Supporting Kalu will not be out of place as he has not only the reach but also the managerial acumen to run the affairs of the world football body”.
“During his tenure as governor of Abia State, he personally took charge in the running of Enyimba Football Club, earning the team victories in matches and tournaments in Africa.
“Kalu is also serving in different positions and capacities in many football clubs beyond the shores of Nigeria.
“With his antecedents in sports development globally and coupled with his passion for football, I strongly believe Kalu will do Nigeria proud if eventually he wins the race,” stressed Nkire.
The APC chieftain while calling the political class and soccer lovers to rally support for Kalu’s candidature, urged the federal government to set up a local committee to work closely with potential candidates from Nigeria in order to have an integrated campaign approach, adding that sports can be used to redeem the image of Nigeria in the international community.
Culled from Thisday