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Ghana FA Wants Non-European To Succeed Blatter

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 at 1:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuike Chukwu, Lagos


Amid expectations of Blatter’s imminent exit as FIFA boss, President of Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has said an European candidate jostling to succeed Blatter may not get enough votes from Asia and Africa.

Hinging his stance on the reform being put forward by UEFA, which, according to him, is only meant to serve its interest and kill football in Africa, Nyantakyi said it is unlikely that any European planning to succeed Blatter will receive votes from Africa.

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

“I don’t think a candidate from Europe can have enough votes from Africa and Asia to become the next FIFA President,” he said.

“The reforms being put forward by Europe is only meant to serve their interest and will kill football in Africa.

“For instance, they made a request to the FIFA Executive Committee to play friendly matches only amongst themselves.

“They have also increasingly restricting the number of African players in their leagues where in fact African players have played integral roles in making them (European leagues) attractive.”

Blatter remains very popular in Africa and Asia mainly for the reforms that increasingly leveled the playing field in terms of decision making and profit sharing at FIFA as against the desire of the Europe block to have a majority say due to their superior resources.