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The President of the Asian Football Federation, Mohammed Bin Hammam has sought for support from the West African Football Union (WAFU) in a campaign on his bid to become the President of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).
Bin Hammam, a member of the FIFA executive committee, told WAFU at its Extraordinary General Assembly in Banjul, The Gambia on April 9, 2011 that he has come to campaign amongst “brothers and sisters”.
“It is right and long overdue that the stage of friendship has passed, we are brothers and sisters and we have passed through thick and thin in our endeavours and have come to know each others problems,” he said.
He added: “I am vying for the FIFA presidency and I represent not only my country or region but the world at large.”
Bin Hammam, a Qatari, said the current FIFA President, have done a lot of good work in the history of football, however, he thinks it is time for change.
“I will not promise because promises are not for us, but I believe that the moment I become President, I will ensure that the financial strength of smaller countries and federations will change drastically,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Former Sports Minister of Ghana, Abdul Rashid said it is important for West Africa to ensure that it continues to lead soccer in
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On his part, Mr. Leo Tenga of CECAFA said meetings like this one are very important for the development of football, noting that
However, he said “We should not be afraid of these issues; instead, we should take the bull by the horn in tackling them by taking critical decisions”.
The President of the Liberian Football Association, Mr. Musa Hassan Bility said
However, he said the question is where do we go from here? The world is changing very fast politically, so as in football. “The leadership of football has remained in one continent for over 50 years,” he lamented, while asking the General Assembly whether they as Africans are ready to perpetrate or change that.
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Europe has rallied behind their President. “So are we going to back Joseph Blatter and wait for another 16 years to elect another president or will we elect Bin Hammam,” he quizzed.
“We in WAFU are in support of Bin Hammam because we want to move from being followers to become leaders. We will need to demand for more money to support our football.”
Mr. Bility stressed that they cannot spend $6 million to host the Africa Cup of Nations and when you win it you get only $1.6 million, a deficit of $5.4 million.
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