Former sole administrator of then Nigeria Football Association and banned member of the Executive Committee of world football governing body, FIFA, Dr. Amos Adamu, has announced his retirement from football, declaring that he is now training as a pastor.
Adamu also distanced himself from the stand of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which has been endorsed by board and the Nigeria government through the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports to back Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad over incumbent Issa Hayatou for the Presidency of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).
Speaking as guest on Sports Radio Brila FM in Lagos on Friday morning, Adamu said he was done with football politics following what he described as “witch hunt” by “FIFA Mafia” and wants the spend the rest of his time serving God.
He revealed that he has therefore enrolled in the school,of theology from where he hopes to graduate as a teacher and preacher.
Adamu who was recently handed a further two years ban after an earlier three years ban with a fine of Swiss Franc 10,000 by the FIFA Ethics Committee for allegedly breaching anti-bribery rules, alleged that he lost favour in the FIFA corridor of power after Nigeria allegedly reneged on its financial pledge to FIFA in the hosting of the Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
He explained that the Nigeria Government had encouraged FIFA to spend its money on the event with a promise to refund but declined to honour the promise when the Local Organising Committee headed by him presented the bill.
Checks reveal that the LOC presented a bill of over N30billion to the Nigeria Government under late former President Umaru Yaradua and the government, displeased with the bogus sum threatened to withdraw from hosting the event if the charge was not drastically reduced. The LOC, we gathered was compelled to oblige, reducing the amount to about N18billion which the government complained was still too much until both parties reached a common ground.
Adamu claims that FIFA counted it against him personally that the Nigeria government did not release the full funds to them as requested.
The Nigeria government had contended then that the bill was unrealistic and smacked of attempt to rip off the nation.
On the current issue of the CAF elections in which Nigeria has endorsed the declaration of the NFF to vote for Ahmad Ahmad over Issa Hayatou, Adamu declared that Hayatou remains his candidate, insisting that he was always well disposed to Nigeria and revealing that the Cameroonian had always meant to hand over the presidency of CAF to him and to other.
He insists that the bribery accusations and consequent sanctions against him were politically motivated in order to stop him from taking over from Hayatou as CAF President.
“Hayatou has done a lot for Nigeria and always been there when we needed help in CAF. He’s my choice any day,” Dr. Amos Adamu declared.