FIFA boss Infantino gets Africa’s backing for re-election

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Photo: CAF
Photo: CAF

Gianni Infantino has been assured by member nations of Africa’s football governing body CAF that the continent will support his re-election as FIFA president next year.

CAF, made up of 54 African football member associations, agreed at the football body’s general assembly in Sharm El Sheikh that FIFA voters in Africa will back Infantino.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick who is also CAF vice-president believes it will be “unfair” if Infantino does not get the support for re-election from the continent.

“It is going to be unfair for anybody to stand up against Gianni Infantino,” Pinnick told The Associated Press (AP).

“He has been able to bridge the gap between Africa and the rest of the world.”

Pinnick also points to plaudits earned by FIFA under Infantino from two of the world’s most powerful men — USA president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Infantino expressed happiness with the support from CAF member associations saying “it means a lot to me.”

MALAWI FA BOSS GETS SEAT IN FIFA COUNCIL

CAF has also taken the step to fill its vacant seat in FIFA Council. Malawian FA boss Walter Nyamilandu was elected on Sunday to replace former Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned after allegations of financial misgivings.

Nyamilandu won the seat into FIFA Council defeating South Africa’s Danny Jordaan 35-18 votes in a runoff.

The Malawian FA chief is not known and was ranked as an outsider compared to Jordaan. But the former Malawian international defender who has been head of his country’s football federation since 2004 pulled off a surprise victory.

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