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Liberian chief Musa Bility launches bid to succeed Sepp Blatter at Fifa helm

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/06/2015

Musa Bility, president of the Liberia FA, has announced his intention to stand for the Fifa presidency.

The 48-year-old has joined former Brazil international Zico in putting himself forward as a potential successor for Sepp Blatter, who is stepping down from the role despite being re-elected at a turbulent Fifa congress in Zurich last month.

An extraordinary meeting of the Fifa ExCo will take place next month, when the date for a new presidential election will be determined.

Bility insists an African name must be on the ballot, reflecting the continent's size and status in the world game.

"Being the single largest bloc, if Africa does not put up a candidate it says a lot about us," he said.

"It shows a sense of mediocrity, it shows our only relevance is to go and vote to make leaders.

"I think that is not right, I think leaders must lead.

"We in Africa are leaders, we are the largest group in Fifa. We must take the lead to reform the organisation, to unify the organisation, to bring football together."

Bility is a relatively minor player on the world stage, but has already begun the process of securing the five association nominations he requires.

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

"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."

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