In the past weeks the media was awash with negative stories that characterised the administration of Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
Several Fifa officials and sponsors were arrested in connection to the alleged involvement in corruption bordering on Quatar and Russia World Cup bids. Others were also implicated in alleged corruption scandals dating back to over a decade ago.
There were calls forcing Blatter to step down and he bowed down and announced that he would be stepping down in December at a Fifa extra-ordinary annual general meeting.
However, although some people have painted Blatter black but he had some positives which all the developing football federations will remember him for. He has brought boundless joy to the developing football federations.
For instance, Blatter’s cordial working relationship with Fam has made Malawi benefit a lot from Fifa projects. In case there is a doubting Thomas out there, just visit Chiwembe Technical and Development Centre and you will appreciate what I am talking about.
There are also similar multimillion kwacha projects taking place in Mzuzu and Lilongwe. To be brutally honest, Fam has benefitted a lot from Blatter’s administration and no wonder it is one of the best models of Fifa projects in Africa.
With all the good things Blatter has done to Africa and Asia I can still foresee problems at the December extra-ordinary general assembly.
Take it or leave it, the old man is still popular amongst the developing football federations, who unfortunately are in majority and they can influence the Fifa vote.
Africa and Asia would not make a mistake to elect a candidate imposed by Uefa. They would vote for anyone anointed by Blatter.
Even if Fifa sponsors, who are mainly from America, decide to impose economic sanctions, the world soccer governing body would still function because 80 percent of its revenue is sourced from the broadcasting rights and most multinational media organisations would not gamble to lose revenue just because they want to promote the interest of the West.
After all, Fifa has close to US$2.5 billion in reserves which can make it financially stable for the next 20 years or so.
Blatter has shown us that football is an art not a science no wonder Uefa, has terribly failed in its agenda to impose their candidate at the helm of the world’s most powerful organisation.
The explosion of emotions that characterised the recent Fifa elections would have subsidised by December.
Blatter has seven lives like a cat. He will bounce back because he has proved to most developing football federations that he was the best specimen. I can foresee that this Uefa and FBI experiment will terribly flop.
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