The acting boss of the European football, Gianni Infantino, said that FIFA is facing its most important week ever. He made the comments via a statement, 5 days before the vote. Experts project that the election may assist the world football governing body to shut out the scandals and corruption cases that have been associated with its leaders. That will be important in restoring its reputation.
Gianni Infantino is a key candidate in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the next FIFA head.
“This is a crucial week for FIFA in its 112 years of history,” Gianni said.
He added that the 209 FIFA Member Associations will have an opportunity to define both their destiny as well as that of the world football body.
The outcome of the race is not predictable but the Swiss-Italian is seen as a front-runner after UEFA executive committee and South American Confederation endorsed him.
There are other makers that consider Sheikh Salman as a favorite after Asian confederations that he leads backed him up. Africa’s top football managers have also given him their support.
Many football executives are being faced with graft allegations and thus Infantino insisted that this would be a crossroad for FIFA.
He said that when this week comes to an end, it will be known whether FIFA is on the road to recovery, embraced a new era in leadership and more transparency in a sport that commands the largest following in the world. He said this asserting that he was the best candidate to take over the leadership.
Other contesters for the seat are Ali bin al Hussein (Jordan Prince), Jerome Champagne (FIFA deputy sec general) and Tokyo Sexwale (South Africa businessman). However, Tokyo Sexwale is seen as a fringe candidate.
The FIFA elections were scheduled after its top leaders were caught in corruption allegations. Sepp Blatter was to contest but did not after the allegations became stronger.