Ultimate magazine theme for WordPress.

Lefa set to back Blatter in elections

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) has hinted it might cast its vote in favour of current Fifa president Sepp Blatter in elections scheduled for Switzerland on Wednesday.

Although the Lefa chief executive officer, Mofihli Makoele, said the association was still to make a decision on the matter they were happy with Blatter’s work over the past four years.

“People always say that the devil you know is a better one.

“He (Blatter) is a person who has helped so much in developing football in Africa,” Makoele said.

Blatter is facing a fierce challenge from Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hammam for the plum post of world football governing body chief.

The election has however turned dirty with Blatter and Hammam accusing each other of corruption in the run-up to the vote on Wednesday.

But Makoele was adamant that  Blatter’s outstanding record over the years should count in his favour during the elections.

He was however non-committal on the candidate Lefa were going to vote for.

“We have not yet decided on our choice of candidate despite our president Salemane Phafane attending Fifa president Blatter’s meeting in Johannesburg last weekend,” Makoele said.

“Normally the decision to elect a new president is a last-minute thing hence we cannot tell you who we are going to vote for.”

“Besides, African associations are expected to meet a day before the elections to deliberate on the choice of a candidate.”

He said Lefa were going to make their own decision on Tuesday after meeting fellow continental associations.

Phafane, Lefa executive member Rantsubise Matete and Makoele are expected to leave for Zurich, Switzerland, today.

Blatter, 75, was elected Fifa president in 1993. He is seeking a fourth consecutive term.

He said if elected his major concern would be to build and protect Fifa’s image which has been soiled by allegations of vote buying in the bidding process to host the World Cup.

Russia and Qatar recently won the right to host the World Cup tournament in 2018 and 2022 respectively amid serious allegations of vote buying by rival countries.

Comments are closed.