Posted by News Express | 27 October 2015 | 2,854 times
Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has withdrawn from the race for FIFA president. He failed to submit a formal bid at the expiration of yesterday’s deadline.
The Nigerian business man and football enthusiast said in a statement signed by his Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, and issued late yesterday in Lagos: “I feel humbled and honoured with the widespread call for me to vie for the position of FIFA president. 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, Seff Blatter and his team for personally acknowledging my capability to take the world football body to enviable heights.
“However, considering the economic challenges facing Nigeria, I have decided to focus my attention and resources on my business and humanitarian activities. I strongly believe the FIFA presidency is all about service, but I would rather continue my contributions to the economy of the continent by creating employment opportunities and wealth for Africans.
“As a football enthusiast, I remain committed and passionate to the advancement of sports especially Africa.”
•Photo shows Orji Kalu.
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