The confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has pledged support for the FIFA president Gianni Infantino during next year’s elections.
Africa becomes the first continent to declare its support for Infantino even though no other candidate has declared interest in standing for the position.
“We are not only backing you but we will be travelling with you to publicise your ideals and the great work you have done since you took over,” said Morocco football federation president Fouzi Lekjaa.
Infantino announced in June he would run for re-election as head of soccer’s global governing body when elections are held in Paris in June 2019.
“I want another four years of it because I believe in what I do,” Infantino said at the FIFA Congress in Moscow. “I believe in what I can do for FIFA and for football.”
CAF’s decision to back Infantino is a massive boost for the incumbent as the backing of the Africa – one of the biggest voting bloc would go a long way to secure his re-election.
No other candidate has yet declared an interest in standing against Infantino.