Dr. Amos Adamu has intimated he will be venturing into sports business and not administration on his return from a three-year ban slammed on him by the Federation of International Football Federation (FIFA).
The FIFA ban on the football chieftain expired at 12 am on October 19 and he is now free to participate in football activities within and outside Nigeria.
In a surprise move by the retired Director General of the National Sports Commission, he revealed he will not “rush” his return to football administration either in CAF, FIFA or WAFU, but will rather look to incorporate the lessons he had learned during his period of incarceration into sports business.
“My interest is not to rush back to the international federations, but I am delighted that my ban has expired and I am free to contribute to the development of football and sports generally in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
“My focus is different now and those expecting me to rush back to football administration would be disappointed. I want to do serious business in sports. I am no w a different person. This is the new Amos Adamu.”
“I went through some transformations which had been worthwhile. I am now a different person wiser than before,” the ex-NFF, CAF and FIFA committee member said.
The former Director of Sports Development expressed delight in the supports rendered to him during his absence from football activities by the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Sports Ministry and the National Sports Commission (NSC) under the leadership of Professor Taoreed Adedoja who stood firmly to defend him.
“I am also grateful to the leadership of the National Assembly who made frantic efforts to ensure that I was not unjustly incarcerated after presenting them with documented evidences both in print and video.”
Adamu further stressed that, the FIFA action which cleared him of all corruption charges and limited his offence to that of ethics violation was enough consolation for him during the period of his travail.
Adamu was banned in 2010 after the FIFA World Cup in South Africa following a petition sent to FIFA by the UK Bid Committee for the 2018 World Cup.