Ex-Trinidad player Nakhid runs for FIFA president

Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:36pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

ZURICH (Reuters) - Former Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder David Nakhid is the latest to say he will stand in February's election to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA.

Nakhid, who is based in Lebanon where he runs a football academy, has returned to the Caribbean seeking support from local officials.

In order to be a candidate, the 51-year-old Nakhid would need the backing of five national associations -- a requirement which has kept other outsiders off the ballot in previous elections.

"I have put my hat in the ring and we are looking forward to the challenge," he told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that he was "optimistic" of getting the five nominations.

Nakhid said he had met with Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick in Antigua and had been invited to speak to the CFU's executive committee on Saturday.

Derrick confirmed to Reuters that Nakhid would be given an audience.

The CFU has 25 of the 35 votes from the CONCACAF confederation which also covers North and Central America as well as the Caribbean.

"FIFA's focus must be on development accompanied by proper oversight," said Nakhid, who has been strongly critical of Trindid's former FIFA vice-president and ex-CONCACAF president Jack Warner.   Continued...