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Ex-Nigeria player Odegbami wants to run for FIFA president

Ex-Nigeria international Segun Odegbami declares interest in running for FIFA presidency

Ex-Nigeria player Odegbami wants to run for FIFA president

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami says he wants to run for the FIFA presidency and succeed Sepp Blatter.

The 63-year-old Odegbami, a former national team striker, told Nigerian media his bid may seem "far-fetched" but "the international football environment reveals the real possibility of such change."

Blatter is stepping down amid American and Swiss investigations into corruption at the world body.

Other possible candidates from Africa include Liberia Football Association President Musa Bility, who announced his intention to stand in June.

Also, South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, an apartheid-era political prisoner who is now a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force, is considering whether to enter the race.

Prospective candidates must be nominated by at least five national football federations by Oct. 26. The election is on Feb. 26.

Updated : 2021-09-21 22:32 GMT+08:00