Bility Not Giving Up On FIFA Presidency

The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Musa Bility says he remains a formidable aspirant for the imminent Presidency of the Federation for International Football Association (FIFA).

In an interview with the local football boss last week, he refuted reports that he will not contest the Presidency of the world governing body and that his bid was not a joke.

“I know I am not joking about contesting the FIFA Presidency – so those that think I’m joking, they are the jokers, because I am not and would never be a joker and I have decided not to respond to any supposition again, so if anybody puts their hands up, then you can come to me for my response,” Mr. Bility intimated.

Mr. Bility also said he will bow only to CAF President; Issa Hayatou if he stands to contest FIFA Presidency.

“I believe that if the president of CAF puts up his hand to run, I would definitely bow out of the race to him,” Bility told BBC Sports.

Mr. Bility noted that he stands by his recent statement that Africa, being the biggest voting block of FIFA, must bring a candidate to the fore and take the lead to bring football together.

In an interview with BBC Sports last month when he announced his candidacy, LFA Boss, Bility noted “Africa is the largest voting bloc in FIFA and we must take the lead to bring football together,” said Bility.

“We all agree that football is facing a difficult moment and it is in difficult moments that great leaders emerge,” Mr. Bility added.

In time past, Mr. Bility took critical steps against FIFA President, Sepp Blatter and CAF President, Issa Hayatou, but nonetheless, the Liberian FA President thinks his outspoken past will help him in his surprise bid.

“People know me to be bold, upright, outspoken and highly opinionated. I say it like it is. When it’s not right, I don’t bow down and I think that has gained me some respect,” Bility said.

Bility said he has the backing of the five football associations needed to put him in the race.

“I have spoken to about half a dozen of the presidents of African football and I have their support. You can see the excitement. If I have one reason to believe that Africa is not going to stand by me, I am not going to put up my candidacy, ” he concluded.

It can be recalled that current CAF president Issa Hayatou lost to Sepp Blatter in the 2002 FIFA presidential elections.

On 2 June, 79-year old Blatter announced he would step down as president amid allegations of corruption among FIFA officials.

Key points of Musa Bility’s plans for FIFA

He wants the current FIFA crisis to be dealt with transparency.

He wants an improvement in both the financing and ease for FIFA’s poorer members to receive development funds.

He wants a reduction in the power of the 24-person Executive Committee.

He intends to re-establish FIFA’s agreed 10-year relationship with Interpol and aims at redefining FIFA’s partnerships with sponsors.

He wants all officials who join FIFA to declare their assets before joining the organisation.