Gianni Infantino’s bid to win a third term as FIFA president receives another boost


Gianni Infantino’s bid to win a third term as FIFA president receives another huge boost as Council of Southern Africa Football Associations hail his ‘desire to grow African football’

  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino is attempting to win a third term in office
  • Infantino replaced disgraced former president Sepp Blatter to lead FIFA
  • Council of Southern Africa Football Associations are backing his re-election 

Seven years after the downfall of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his successor Gianni Infantino is garnering significant support in his attempts to win a third term in office.

In 2015, police officers entered the five-star Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, where officials had gathered for FIFA’s annual meeting, to effectively bring an end to Blatter’s reign amid corruption allegations.

Infantino, who was elected FIFA president on February 26, 2016, has led extensive reforms inside world football’s governing body to help the organisation move away from its shady reputation.

And as Infantino looks to earn a third term at the top of FIFA, he is gaining major support, with the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAF) the latest to back Infantino’s re-election.

Gianni Infantino (pictured) has received the backing of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations in his efforts to win a third term as FIFA president

Angola’s Artur de Almeida e Silva, recently elected president of COSAF, said: ‘We believe Gianni Infantino represents the best candidate to lead global football for another four years.

‘He has repeatedly displayed his desire to grow African football and has backed up his words with action.’

Earlier this year, the Asian Football Confederation offered their backing to Infantino.

Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (left), the AFC president, also backed Infantino (centre) this year

Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (left), the AFC president, also backed Infantino (centre) this year

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khakifa said: ‘The AFC and the Asian football family welcome President Infantino’s re-election bid and I can assure him today that we will stand united behind his candidature.

‘President Infantino has provided inspirational leadership to Asian and world football at a time of deep crisis and we are grateful to him for his steadfast support to the Asian football family.’

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