Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sani Lulu Abdullahi, who was impeached from office in 2010, has signified his intention to contest for the Presidency of the Federation in the 2014 election.
Mr. Abdullahi whose case is still said to be pending with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) said his decision is in response to various calls from the football stakeholders that he returns to the position.
“Once again, I have to answer to the clarion call. It is a call to national duty. Football is a game I love with all passion, and my achievements when I was the NFF President from 2006-2010 before I was forceful impeached from office are still very visible.
“If Nigerians have realized the positive contributions I made towards the game of football in the country, and they wants me to return to my former position, then, I have no option to oblige to their request” he said.
The former FCT Director of Sports claimed his tenure as the NFF President witnessed an unprecedented development of grassroots football in country starting from the Under-13 in 2007.
He said it was also that period that the country national team witnessed was rated 9th among the football playing countries in the World. All the various national teams also qualified for all the FIFA organized competition, with Brazil been the only other country with such a record.