Following the shocking resignation of Sepp Blatter as FIFA President, a position he has held since 1998, contenders have started to emerge for notably one of world’s prestigious position.
According to report, the names of some of the strong contenders are UEFA president Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who challenged Blatter in a vote last Friday, and Portuguese football great Luis Figo.
The Federation body has however said that: “There will be jostling for position. The election will take time”.
Platini, who is a French football legend-turned-politician is a 59-year-old, three time winner of the Ballon d’Or, is likely to be the favourite for the top job, as he has always been a fierce critic of the way Sepp Blatter ran the organization.
He decided not to run against Blatter on this year’s election but did not rule out an attempt in 2019 and supported the candidacy of Prince Ali bin al Hussein against Blatter.
Former FIFA Vice President, Prince Ali is also interested in the prestigious position.
“As for new elections, Prince Ali is ready,” Sala Sabra, vice-president of the Jordanian football federation which the prince heads up, told AFP.
Luis Figo welcomed Blatter’s departure by saying: “Now we should, responsibly and calmly, find a consensual solution worldwide in order to start a new era of dynamism, transparency and democracy in FIFA.”
The Portuguese FA see former star Luis Figo as an important candidate for the position.
Also interested in the position are Dutch Football Association chief Michael Van Praag, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti head of the Olympic Council of Asia and Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa.