CAF Won’t Back Musa Bility’s FIFA Presidential Bid

first_imgCAIRO — The Confederation of African Football will not support the FIFA presidential bid by Musa Bility of Liberia.CAF says its executive committee heard Bility at his request at a meeting on Thursday and decided against supporting his proposed candidacy.The executive panel “wished him good luck” with his bid, CAF said in a statement.The statement made no mention of possible contenders from Africa or elsewhere it might support.CAF president Issa Hayatou, FIFA’s senior vice president, and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, a member of FIFA’s discrimination task force, have been speculated as candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26.CAF says its executive committee wants time to study all options.The panel will next meet Oct. 27, the day after FIFA’s deadline for applications.Meanwhile, a fierce critic of the British media’s coverage of the FIFA scandal has been nominated to sit on the task force to oversee reforms of the world governing body.Constant Omari Selemani from DR Congo and fellow FIFA executive member Hani Abo Rida from Egypt have been nominated by CAF to sit on the reform task force, which is to have an independent chairman.Omari has condemned England in the past — in 2011 he criticised former FA chairman David Bernstein for standing up at the Congress to speak against Blatter’s unopposed re-election.He has also opposed calls for age and term limits and at last year’s FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo he labelled the British media “racist” after reports that African football officials had received cash gifts.Abou Rida has also previously said he is opposed to age limits for officials.CAF said in a statement: “The CAF executive committee has unanimously proposed Hani Abo Rida and Constant Omari Selemani, African members on the FIFA executive committee, as CAF’s representatives on the ‘Task Force Reforms’ established by FIFA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more