Former president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, has declared his intention to run for the presidency of the football federation in the 2014 elections.
Lulu, who spoke through his Personal Assistant (PA) Mr. Yusuf Suleiman on Monday, said he has decided to run for the office for the second time because of his love for the sport and relevant stakeholders’ clamour for his return to the post.
“Once again I have to answer to the clarion call. It is a call to a 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 forcefully impeached from the office are still very visible,” said the former Director of Sports in the FCT.
“If Nigerians have realized the positive contributions I made towards the game of football in the country, and they want me to return to my former position, then, I have no option than to oblige to their request.”
According to Lulu, the country witnessed tremendous developments in the game of football during his tenure, notably; grassroots football development in the country starting from the U-13 in 2007, Super Eagles’ rise to number nine on the world football ladder (Fifa ranking) and also the nation’s qualification for all Fifa-organised football event at all levels.
“It was during my tenure that the various national teams also qualified for all the Fifa organised competitions with Brazil been the only other country with such a record,” added Lulu.
Since his impeachment, the Kogi State-born football administrator has been working on his pet project, FOSLA Academy, where he has awarded scholarships to naturally gifted players to further their academics while pursuing their dreams in sports, starting from the Junior Secondary School.