FIFA Platini's candidacy fails to excite Africa

Platini has also failed to get an endorsement from former Ivory Coast federation President Jacques Anouma, who served with him on the FIFA executive committee.

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Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA Presidency has garnered no immediate enthusiasm from Africa despite France’s strong footballing ties with the continent.

A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies.

“Platini would not represent change, he has been a FIFA vice-president for eight years. He should not replace Sepp Blatter, it would be unacceptable," said Liberian Football Association President Musa Bility in a BBC interview.

Bility had declared his own candidacy but is expected to find it difficult to obtain the nomination of at least five associations that he needs to get on the ballot for next February’s election.

Platini has also failed to get an endorsement from former Ivory Coast federation President Jacques Anouma, who served with him on the FIFA executive committee. Anouma was expected to push for African support for Platini but says he would rather take his cue from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

 

 

 

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