Egypt: CAF congratulates Infantino for FIFA president victory

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The confederation of African Football (CAF) has congratulated Gianni Infantino on his election as FIFA President last Friday in Zurich.

The congratulatory message was sent to Infantino in a letter dated 27 February 2016, by CAF President Issa Hayatou on behalf of the CAF Executive Committee and the African football family.

The letter posted on the website of CAF on Sunday said: “We are confident that you will restore FIFA’s image backed by your career, skills, passion for football, understanding of the issues related to the future of football, and your desire to develop our sport around the four corners of the world.

“Be assured of the continued support of CAF, African members of the new FIFA Council, as well as our commitment to strengthening the excellent relationship between CAF and FIFA,” said the CAF President, who acted as interim president of FIFA in the months preceding the 26 February elections.

Infantino, 45, swept to victory in the second round of the elections during the FIFA Congress, polling 115 votes. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa had 88 votes, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein had 4 votes and Jerome Champagne had 0 votes. In the second round of voting, the winner needed to poll 104 votes.

He said in a speech that he wanted to work with everybody to rebuild FIFA, the world football governing body, and bring back football to the centre stage.

"I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era in FIFA, a new era where we can again put football at the centre of the stage."

He noted the crisis that FIFA had passed through but said those moments were over, adding that there was the need "to implement reforms and implement good governance and transparency".

He pledged to work to win back the respect for FIFA.

He replaces Joseph Sepp Blatter.

Member associations of FIFA have also approved a package of landmark reforms that pave the way for significant improvements to the governance of global football, including a clear separation of commercial and political decision-making, greater scrutiny of senior officials, and commitments to promoting women in football and human rights.

The reforms were supported by 179 of the 207 member associations present and eligible to vote at the Extraordinary Congress in Zurich, according to a statement on the FIFA website.

It said the reforms were based on proposals made by the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee and the subsequent recommendations put before the Congress by the Executive Committee in the form of draft FIFA Statutes.

They represent an essential step towards the modernisation of FIFA’s institutional culture in key areas such as the clear separation of political and management functions, term limits, the disclosure of individual compensation, greater recognition and promotion of women in football and a commitment to enshrining human rights in the FIFA Statutes.

Furthermore, they include statutory principles of good governance for member associations and confederations, such as compulsory annual independent audit reports as well as independent judicial bodies to ensure a separation of powers on all levels of football structures.

“We stand united in our determination to put things right, so that the focus can return to football once again,” said Hayatou. “The hard work of restoring trust and improving how we work begins now.

“This will create a system of stronger governance and greater diversity that will give football a strong foundation on which to thrive. It will help to restore trust in our organisation. And it will deter future wrongdoing.”

The main aspects of the approved reforms have been incorporated into an amended version of the FIFA Statutes.

The statement said, in accordance with art. 29 of the current edition of the FIFA Statutes, the statutory amendments passed on Friday will come into effect for the members 60 days after the close of the Congress.
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