18 May 2011

Blatter gets backing of Africa

12:45 pm on 18 May 2011

Africa has became the fourth continent to back FIFA football president Sepp Blatter's bid for re-election.

Africa joined Europe, South America and Oceania in backing a fourth term for Blatter, who is being challenged by Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.

75-year-old Blatter has been quoted as saying he can't lose. He has confidence in himself and confidence also that the associations will choose him for another four years.

Blatter also announced plans to make sure a woman sat on the FIFA executive committee if, as he expected, he won.

Each national association holding one vote at the FIFA Congress, which will choose the president in Zurich on June 1st.

Africa and Europe hold 53 apiece, while South America has 10 and Oceania 11, making a total of 127 which would be more than enough for what Blatter has already promised will be a final term.