Liberia FA chairman Bility to stand for Fifa presidency

LONDON - Liberia football association chairman Musa Bility has announced that he will stand as a candidate to become the next president of Fifa, following the resignation of Sepp Blatter.

The latter announced earlier this month that he was standing down after football's world governing body was hit by a wave of corruption allegations that are still sending shockwaves around the fraternity.

The 48-year-old Bility is the second person to declare his candidacy after former Brazil international Zico.

"We all agree in the world that football is facing a difficult moment and it is in difficult moments that great leaders emerge," Bility told BBC Sport.

"Africa is the largest voting bloc in Fifa and we must take the lead to bring football together."

Bility, who has led the Liberian FA since 2010, has a reputation of not being afraid to make a stand.

In 2011, he broke ranks with the majority of his African colleagues by stating he would vote against Blatter.

In 2013, however, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned him for six months for violating statutes relating to the use of confidential documents.

He confirmed that he had yet to receive the backing of five football associations as required to stand in the race but was confident of securing the support of his continent.

"People know me to be bold, upright, outspoken and highly opinionated," he said. "I say it like it is. When it's not right, I don't back down and I think that has gained me some respect.

"I have spoken to about half a dozen of the presidents of African football and I have their support - you can see the excitement.

"If I have one reason to believe that Africa is not going to stand by me, I am not going to put up my candidacy."

The date for the presidential election is expected to be announced after Fifa holds an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee next month.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2015, with the headline 'Liberia FA chairman Bility to stand for Fifa presidency'. Print Edition | Subscribe