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FIFA presidency: We didn’t sabotage Odegbami, says NFF

28 October 2015, 12:03

Abuja – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick says he did his best to get Segun Odegbami cleared to contest the FIFA presidential election, amid allegations the former Nigeria international was sabotaged.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday after returning from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Pinnick said he did his best to get Odegbami cleared, but claims the former Green Eagles captain didn't get the required nominations from five other football federations.

Also read: Former Nigerian skipper Odegbami to run for FIFA presidency

"On the part of the NFF, we were just meant to nominate," said Pinnick, "Then we thought he had gotten the nominations he needed, ours was just supposed to be the icing on the cake.

"We didn't know he had not gotten those nominations and before we knew, it was too late. We did our best even within the short period we had, but most federations were already committed to so many other people."

On the allegations of him being arm-twisted to sabotage Odegbami's bid, Pinnick said he isn't aware of any sabotage, adding that he couldn't have been arm-twisted.

"You don't bring me in the middle of this because I did my best as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation. And before God and man, I did my extreme best and I was in touch with him every one hour from Cairo to update him.

"I don't think Segun Odegbami can say I was arm-twisted and I don't think anybody can arm-twist me. Whatever happened, happened," Pinnick said.

The failure of Odegbami to get the required nominations means he isn't one of the eight confirmed candidates to stand for the election.

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