Bility claims he is only credible FIFA candidate

Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:25am EDT
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By Mark Gleeson

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility, one of eight potential candidates for the FIFA presidency, says he presents the only credible option for the leadership of world soccer's governing body.

Bility said he had received the requisite five nominations, which had come from outside the west African region, in order to stand after nominations closed on Monday for the FIFA election, scheduled to take place in Zurich on Feb. 26 to replace outgoing head Sepp Blatter.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) has declined to endorse Bility's bid to stand for the election.

"I don't see any real challengers because all the others who are running have played some part (in FIFA affairs) and if we have to reform soccer, none of them should be given the right to run the organization," he told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

"They themselves have caused the problems we have today. So they cannot be a solution."

Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, suspended UEFA president Michel Platini, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, South African politician Tokyo Sexwale, former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid, former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne and former FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan are the other candidates.

Bility said he could step aside if Africa endorsed Sexwale.

"I previously said that if we have more than one African in the race and if then CAF have a meeting with me and say they want to support the other person, I will also do so."   Continued...