UNCAF backing Infantino bid

2016-01-26 10:00
Gianni Infantino (AFP)

Panama City - Gianni Infantino's bid to become FIFA President received a boost on Monday after the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) endorsed his campaign for world soccer's top job.

A statement from UNCAF said the regional federation -- which represents seven votes in next month's FIFA presidential election - had opted to support the UEFA general secretary.

"The Executive Committee of UNCAF ... has decided to support the candidacy (of) Mr. Gianni Infantino," a brief statement on the UNCAF website stated on Monday.

The decision to pledge bloc support for Infantino was taken after a meeting in Panama City on Monday.

UNCAF comprises Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Belize and Nicaragua.

Infantino joined the race to succeed suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter on February 26 following the ban handed down to UEFA supremo Michel Platini.

Infantino has vowed to clean up FIFA if elected after months of corruption allegations which have plunged the global football body into the worst crisis in its history.

Infantino has planned to introduce 12-year term limits for top key officials and increase transparency throughout FIFA.

He has also proposed expanding the World Cup to 40 teams and establishing a "clear rotation" system for hosting the tournament under which each continent would need to wait for at least two editions before hosting the event again.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.