Blatter Resignation Is a Blow to African Football – Mbidi

Namibia Football Association (NFA) president Frans Mbidi said the resignation of International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter will be a setback for African football.

Blatter, who has been at the helm of the world football governing body since June 1998, announced his resignation just three days after winning a fifth term as FIFA president on Saturday.

A special election will now be held between December 2015 and March 2016 to appoint his successor.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Mbidi said African football associations and their partners should select a candidate ‘who has football at heart’, while also willing to help develop football across the continent.

“Blatter’s resignation was forced by the Americans and some European people who have their own agendas, despite him not being implicated in the current scandal that is making headlines.

“You know, if you look at America and certain parts of Europe, they have all the needed infrastructure and do not really care about small nations like us in Africa and Asia, or other smaller confederations.

“When the elective congress comes, we will do our level best to vote for someone who has our interests at heart,” said Mbidi.

He was confident that the right candidate would be selected and all developing nations will be looked after just like Swiss-born Blatter did.

FIFA is dived into six confederations, which are the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

Mbidi added that CAF, CONCACAF, AFC and CONMEBOL will make sure they select a candidate who has the same dream as Blatter.

“Blatter was for developing football in confederations that are not developed on a par with the rest of the developed world and it will be a setback if someone who does not share the same philosophy as Blatter takes over,” he stated.

NFA secretary general, Barry Rukoro shared the same view, saying he respects Blatter for what he did for football, and he is confident that the right candidate will be selected to serve football when people meet for the special election.

Seven FIFA executive officials were arrested on 27 May 2015 by the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on suspicion that they committed wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.


Source : The Namibian