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Southern African Bloc Backs Infantino for FIFA Re-election


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Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:18 GMT

Southern African soccer-playing countries have backed Gianni Infantino for re-election as FIFA president. The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) says Infantino has the unanimous backing of its 14 FIFA member countries as well.

COSAFA's statement follows a more significant show of support by the entire Confederation of African Football, whose 54 countries represent more than one quarter of the FIFA membership. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said late last year that Africa would support Infantino's expected re-election in Paris in June 2019.

It may not matter. So far, Infantino is the only candidate for world soccer's top job. The deadline for opponents to declare they will stand is next Tuesday, February 5th. 

Infantino, a 48-year-old Swiss-Italian, is seeking a full four-year term after replacing Sepp Blatter in 2016, following the FIFA corruption scandal.