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Gianni Infantino’s bid to win a third term as FIFA president receives another boost

Gianni Infantino’s bid to win a third term as FIFA president gets another huge boost as the football associations of the Council of Southern Africa greet his ‘desire to grow African football’

  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino tries to win a third term in office
  • Infantino replaces disgraced former president Sepp Blatter to lead FIFA
  • Council of Southern Africa football associations support his re-election

Seven years after the fall of disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his successor Gianni Infantino is gaining significant support in his bid to win a third term in office.

In 2015, police officers entered the five-star Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, where officials had gathered for the annual FIFA meeting, to effectively end Blatter’s rule amid corruption charges.

Infantino, who was elected FIFA president on February 26, 2016, has led to extensive reforms within the governing body of world football to help the organization move away from its shadowy reputation.

And as Infantino appears to be deserving of a third term at the top of FIFA, he is getting huge support, with the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAF), the latter backing Infantino’s re-election.

Gianni Infantino (pictured) has won the support of the football associations of the Council of Southern Africa in his efforts to win a third term as FIFA president

Gianni Infantino (pictured) has won the support of the football associations of the Council of Southern Africa in his efforts to win a third term as FIFA president

Artur de Almeida e Silva from Angola, recently elected COSAF president, said: “We believe Gianni Infantino is the best candidate to lead global football for another four years.

“He has repeatedly shown his desire to grow African football and has backed up his words with actions.”

Earlier this year, the Asian Football Confederation offered their support to Infantino.

Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (left), the AFC president, also supported Infantino (center) this year

Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa (left), the AFC president, also supported Infantino (center) this year

AFC Chairman Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khakifa said: “The AFC and the Asian football family welcome President Infantino’s re-election bid and I can assure him today that we will stand united in his candidacy.

“President Infantino has inspired Asian and world football at a time of deep crisis and we are grateful to him for his steadfast support for the Asian football family.”

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