Orji Uzor Kalu bows out of FIFA race..


Former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, will no longer vie to be the president of football governing body, FIFA. The deadline for submission of bids ended on Monday and Kalu did not submit one.
In a statement, Kalu thanked football stakeholders across the world who urged him to contest. He recently received the backing of the suspended FIFA boss, Sepp Blatter.
Kalu’s statement was signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, on Monday.
“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 for their endorsements despite my decision not to submit a bid.
“I particularly remain grateful to FIFA President, Sepp 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.”
Kalu further observed that as a football enthusiast, “I remain committed and passionate to the advancement of sports especially in Africa.”
He applauded the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for encouraging Nigerians to vie for the FIFA presidency, adding that Nigeria had showcased her human assets to the world.

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