Nigerian Segun Odegbami has failed in his bid to stand in February's Fifa presidential elec...
Nigerian Segun Odegbami has failed in his bid to stand in February's Fifa presidential elections. The 63-year-old former international was unable to win the required backing of five member associations.
Odegbami said Nigeria's Football Federation offered him its support too late to meet Monday's deadline.
"The NFF only sent their nomination letter to Fifa (on Monday afternoon). What was I supposed to do with that?" Odegbami told BBC Sport."That was their reaction to my letter sent to them two months ago. It is preposterous."
Odegbami also believes that his outspoken criticism of long-standing Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou may have counted against him.
"Of course there are local politics within the Nigerian and African football system that pitches some of us against the established system," he said."I have been one of the most virulent critics of the perpetuity of Issa Hayatou in office and I knew I was not one of his best friends."
Nicknamed 'Mathematical' for the precision of his play, the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner announced his candidacy on 1 September.
Despite failing in his bid to become the FIFA president, Odegbami will now continue with his other interests, which include running a football academy back home in Nigeria, although he insists he has not given up on football administration.
"My responsibility to football now is to find an inroad into administration at the highest level because I can see what most cannot about the power of football to change the world.
Eight candidates did successfully make Monday's deadline in time to be registered.
The list includes two Africans: South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale and Liberia's Musa Bility.
Subject to vetting by Fifa's Electoral Committee, they will be joined in the race by France's Michel Platini, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Jordan, Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, Bahrain's Prince Ali bin Hussein and Jerome Champagne of France
However the bid by Uefa president Platini is subject to him winning his appeal against a 90-day suspension imposed by Fifa's Ethics Committee earlier this month.