Football: Asian Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad warns Fifa reform 'won't happen overnight'

Asia Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd al-Sabah arrives at the 2015 Fifa Ballon d'Or award ceremony in Zurich, on Jan 11, 2016.
Asia Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd al-Sabah arrives at the 2015 Fifa Ballon d'Or award ceremony in Zurich, on Jan 11, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - Asia Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah on Saturday hailed Gianni Infantino's victory in the Fifa presidential election as a "new era" but warned "reform won't happen overnight".

Uefa secretary-general Infantino won the fight to succeed the suspended Sepp Blatter in Friday's vote, defeating three other candidates including Al-Sabah's close ally, Asian football chief Sheikh Salman Ebrahim Al-Khalifa.

"The Fifa Congress' overwhelming approval of the wide-ranging reforms proposed by the Fifa Reform Committee demonstrated the shared belief that change is needed," said Al-Sabah.

"As a member of the Fifa Reform Committee, I was proud to be able to contribute to the proposals but I know that we still have a long way to go - reform cannot happen overnight.

The Kuwaiti added: "However, under the new leadership of president Infantino...I believe we have established a foundation from which we can drive forward and once again put the joy back into football.

"I greatly look forward to the positive changes in the years ahead which will put the focus back on football and herald a new era for our global sport."