Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
Gianni Infantino has won FIFA’s election for a new president, succeeding Sepp Blatter.
UEFA’s general secretary secured 115 votes in the second round of polls, beating off favourite Salman Bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa into second while Prince Ali bin Hussein finished third.
Infantino succeeds Sepp Blatter, who was suspended from all football activities for eight years – later reduced to six – along with ex-UEFA president Michel Platini for corruption.
In his acceptance speech, Infantino said, “Dear friends, I cannot express my feelings in this moment.
“I told you I went through a journey, an exceptional journey, a journey which made me meet many fantastic people, many people who love, live, breathe football every day.
“We will restore the image and respect of FIFA. People will applaud us, applaud you for what we will do.
“Everyone has to be proud of what we will do at FIFA. I want to thank you all, all 209 and the other candidates. Tokyo [Sexwale] decided four can win, one cannot win. We had a great competition, a great sign of democracy in FIFA.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has appointed Samson Siasia as the Super Eagles Interim Head Coach.
He replaces Sunday Oliseh, who resigned his appointment in the early hours of Friday.
Siasia, who heads the U-23 coaching crew will be assisted by Emmanuel Amuneke, Salishu Yusuf and Aloy Agu, as Goalkeeper trainer.
NFF technical Committee headed by Chris Green announced the appointments after the meeting of the committee held at the Glass House on Friday.
He also disclosed that the Oliseh has been paid N20 million covering his outstanding salaries and accommodation.
Siasia’s coaching crew would take charge in interim capacity.
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