The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility, says he remains a formidable aspirant for the presidency of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
It can be recalled that FIFA’s President, Joseph SeppBlatter resigned his position after his administration was hit with corruption allegation.
But in a well-attended press conference yesterday at the Headquarters of the LFA, the local football boss said he assures those who appreciate his FIFA presidential bid that the belief is still there and it is the belief that will make him win the FIFA election.
Mr. Bility said he requested that he meet the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee to present his agenda and lay down his platform and what he sees as a potential President for FIFA.
“I had the opportunity to meet CAF to present my agenda which I did. CAF informed me that because this is the beginning and they have no idea whether there are other Africans or other candidates, they will not be making any endorsement at this early stage until at the end of October when the nomination will be closed. I have also been invited to attend the next CAF EC meeting where the final decision will be made as to who CAF will be supporting in the election,” the LFA President noted.
But when the question was posed to him as to how he sees CAF’s support, Bility said, “I want to say here that CAF’s support is a moral support which does not translate into vote. The vote is a decision of member associations which include 209 that will be making the decision. We appreciate the support from CAF EC. It is a very important support which we will love to have, but it definitely has no bearing on our campaign strategy and our desire to contest FIFA Presidency. We thought that this was a moral commitment that we must fulfil which we did,” Bility concluded.
CAF: The field remains open
CAF said it wished Bility good luck in the continuation of his mission but would only decide which candidate it would back following a meeting in Cairo at the end of October, once all the candidates had registered
“Caf is the continent’s body and it has to listen to and review all options. It has to wait until the close of the nominations and then assess all the candidates before it makes a decision.”
Bility is only the second African ever to make a bid for the job.
Brazilian Zico, Frenchman Michel Platini and South Korean Chung Mong-joon are the other names in the frame to stand in the 26 February election.
Bility has stated his belief that “this is Africa’s time” to take the lead in world football but his lack of support from his continent’s football governing body will be a blow to his candidacy.
The deadline for candidates to register is 26 October.
It can be recalled that on August 6, 2015, the Confederation of African Football declined to back LFA president, Bility, in his bid to become FIFA’s president.
“The CAF Executive Committee decided unanimously not to give Musa Bility the support he requested,” CAF stated.
CAF says its Executive Committee wants time to study all options.
The panel will next meet October 27, the day after FIFA’s deadline for applications.