African countries have vowed to vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections.
“Africa is solidly behind Blatter.” said Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of Ghana Football Association (GFA).
Nyantakyi, who is also a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee member added: “You will find he is very popular on the continent.”
On 29 May, Blatter will seek a fifth term as president that will take him past his 80th birthday.
“The continent is united behind him,” added former South African Football Association (SAFA) President Molefi Oliphant, who still serves on the CAF executive, “We made a formal endorsement of his candidacy last year at our meeting in Rio de Janeiro already,” Oliphant said.
“He has done a lot for the continent. It is he who has set up the financial assistance programmes and who through the Goal project has built infra structure in all of the countries, the Europeans don’t understand that. They say it is not his money but FIFA’s but that’s not the point. He is the one who set up all the assistance programmes that have helped boost African football,” added Nyantakyi.
Michael van Praag, President Dutch Football Association (DFA) announced his intention to run following similar moves by Jerome Champagne former FIFA Deputy Secretary General and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.
Former France international David Ginola has also announced his intention to stand but he is widely regarded as being no more than a publicity stunt. But Blatter’s prospective opponents are likely to get little support from the 53 African voters.