Liberia FA reacts to CAF decision to disband WAFU, back BlatterMay 19, 2011
Liberia Football Association has sharply reacted to CAF Executive Committee’s decision to support incumbent FIFA president Joseph Blatter for the ensuing election and disband WAFU shortly after the body’s second Nations Cup in Abeokuta in Nigeria.
The decision was taken at the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on Monday May 16.
A statement from the country’s FA quotes its President Musa Bility as saying it undermines football administration and development especially in West Africa.
He said this must have been influenced and inclined given that abundance of CAF members, including 14 members of WAFU, have endorsed Blatter’s opponent in Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar.
The LFA president says his decision, alone with Nigeria, Ghana and others to support the candidacy of Bin Hammam remains unwavering in spite of the CAF decision. He said CAF does not have votes of its own but relies on votes of its member Associations such as the Liberia FA.
Speaking Tuesday 17 May in Monrovia, the LFA president said Blatter has had his reasonable share of power at FIFA having served for 17 years as Secretary General and FIFA president since 1998. Besides, Bility says Bin Hammam offers better platform than Blatter as far as football development in Liberia is concerned.
LFA spokesman Henry Flomo told WADR Thursday that the board of the West Africa Football Union will hold an emergency meeting this weekend on the latest development.
He said he expects the WAFU board to “ignore” the directive by the CAF Executive Committee.
The 208 FIFA member Associations the world over will vote to elect a president on June 1, 2011 at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.