Former FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu and ex-England International John Fashanu have expressed their support for the former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Kalu, following the later’s declaration of his intention to occupy FIFA’s highest office.
Dr. Adamu, opined that;
It is not out of place to have an African FIFA president as the opportunity has created itself. Dr. Kalu is highly qualified for the position as it takes someone with clout, great personality and managerial acumen to occupy such position as big as the president of FIFA. Kalu has all these, so why not support him for the big assignment.
I want to call on the Nigerian sports authorities to support Orji Kalu, as he is good for the job. I have been in CAF and FIFA before and I know how it works. I can say authoritatively that Kalu is good for the job and if we all put our weights behind him he would emerge victorious.
He did the magic through Enyimba FC when he propelled the team to Nigeria’s first ever CAF Champions League title. He helped the team to win a second title that had been elusive to Nigeria.
If he is given the opportunity to serve in FIFA as president, Kalu would achieve greatly in global football with Africa getting the most of it in the area of development.
FIFA presidency is all about politics, and Orji Kalu is a very good politician who is capable to withstand whatever antics anybody wants to play at the highest level.”
Adamu also said that:
What Kalu needs is an organised campaign and enough financial mobilization to travel around the world to campaign to relevant national federations and continental bodies. Once these areas are perfected the sky is the limit.
In the same vein, Sports Ambassador and Football Academy founder, John Fashanu on Friday promised to support the ex-governor.
For what its worth, John Fahanu and Adamu are bigwigs in the Nigerian football scene, but their relevance on the international stage is quite subjective. However, Orji Kalu being a rich (he is currently worth about $1 billion according to Forbes) football enthusiast might just be able to pull this off!