Africa hails Blatter’s re-election
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AFRICANS across the continent have welcomed the re-election of Joseph “Sepp” Blatter as the president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
The veteran administrator this past weekend defied calls to resign amid allegations of corruption at the organisation and was elected for a fifth term.
Africa, which has arguably benefitted the most with Blatter at the helm of FIFA, hailed the re-election.
Ifoma Ifeanyi of Nigeria said, “Congratulations to Sepp Blatter! His re-election is victory for the pressed football nations such as Africa, Asia and Middle East.”
Thulani Mthethwa of South Africa concurred.
“Sorry USA and Europe….you think you can rule FIFA like before……thanks Africa and Russia for your loyalty to Mr Blatter.”
The United States courts had fingered a number of senior officials in corruption ahead of the weekend poll, raising concern about Blatter’s fitness to lead the organisation.
“Well, people of the world have spoken, so there is no scandal about this election …..congratulations to Sepp Blatter,” Munyaradzi Muchemwa of Zimbabwe said.
Isaka Ahmed of Egypt said, “We thank God for the goodness of this beautiful sport, otherwise we were of sick of UEFA wanting to host the World Cup every time. We Africans say viva to Mr Sepp Blatter’s re-election.”
Fauda Haile of Ethiopia also congratulated the Swiss administrator.
“Congratulations to Mr. Blatter for your re-election! Africa wishes you many more years at the helm of FIFA World Cup top position. Give Africa, Asia and Middle East news opportunities to the FIFA World Cup,” Haile said.
Algeria’s Madjid Mekhloufi urged Blatter to fight corruption within FIFA.
“There is much trust in your transformation from the nations that have given him the mandate to root out all corruption within FIFA. Blatter should continue the implementation of fair treatment of all FIFA member nations,” the Algerian said.
Prior to Blatter’s election in 1998, Africa and Asia had never hosted the World Cup since its inception in 1930.
Blatter’s rotation policy is credited with bringing the event to the two continents with Asia (Japan and Korea) hosting the 2002 event and Africa hosting the global showpiece in 2010.
South Africa hosted the 2010 edition.
The tournament had previously been the preserve of Europe and the Americas.
The first nation to host the FIFA World was Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934, France in 1938 before the start of the World War II.
After the World War II, Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950, Switzerland in 1954, Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962, England in 1966, Mexico in 1970, West Germany in 1974 , Argentina in 1978, 1982 and Spain in 1986.
Other South American and European nations that followed comprised Italy in 1990, United States in 1994, France in 1998, joint hosting by South Korea and Japan in 2002, Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010 and Brazil for the second time in 2014.
– CAJ News
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