FIFA’s Blatter ‘Confident’ of Re-Election After Africa Visit

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he is confident of being re-elected head of soccer’s governing body next month after his campaign was bolstered by the support of African soccer groups gathered this weekend in Johannesburg.

“I’m confident, very confident, especially after having received the support of the associations assembled here,” he told reporters today.

Blatter, 75, is running for a fourth term in the June 1 vote, and is being opposed by Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Qatari who heads the Asian soccer federation. FIFA will hear evidence from a former employee of Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup that the country paid bribes to two officials to secure the event, Blatter said on May 19.

African football groups with members including, among others, South Africa, Angola, Kenya, Ghana and Gabon “declare our full support for the re-election of Mr. Blatter,” Mahomed Iya, President of Unifac, a Central African football body, said in a speech. Blatter has already received the endorsements of the governing bodies in Europe, South America and the Oceania region.

Blatter told reporters he will propose that a woman be added to FIFA’s 24-member executive committee.

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