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FIFA seat: Bwalya’s withdrawal brightens Nigeria chances

Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, said yesterday that it’s not a do or die affair to get into the CAF and FIFA Executive Committees, but he cannot afford to withdraw because Nigeria’s integrity is at stake.

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Speaking from Sudan yesterday, Galadima, said he has been in contact with a lot of the delegates and has received assurances, but noted that in politics, people cannot be trusted.

“At this point there is no going back, so what we’re doing is giving it our best shot and pray that some desperate Nigerians are not working against our cause here in Sudan.

Galadima’s likely emergence on the FIFA seat has been further enhanced with the reported withdrawal of Zambian FA boss and former African soccer legend, Kalusha Bwalya, which has now left the contestants for the FIFA seat to five.

The big minus for Nigeria however is that it does not have a representative on the CAF Executive, which has made contact a bit difficult, though the Sports and Foreign Affairs Ministry have been using their contacts to lobby the Nigerian quest.

There were also indication that Nigeria’s suspended CAF and FIFA executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu, has received harsh words from both the Sports Minister, Prof Taoheed Adedoja and his Foreign Ministry counterpart, Odein Ajumogobia.

A government statement on the matter is expected from relevant quarters soonest, and it may have been delayed for those in authority to see the outcome of the election on Wednesday in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum

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