Prince Ali seeks Kenya's support in quest for FIFA presidency

Prince Ali seeks Kenya's support in quest for FIFA presidency
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Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein

Jordan Royal Prince Ali bin Al Hussein is seeking Kenya's support as he guns for the Fifa Presidency later in the year. The elections are set for May.

Hussein, Fifa Vice-President for Asia and Fifa Executive Committee member wrote to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Sam Nyamweya on Tuesday January 6, seeking Nyamweya's support.

The Prince says as an individual he understands international football, having served as a Fifa Vice-President, and been a member of both Fifa and Asia Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committees for the past four years.

He said his decision to seek the presidency of Fifa was a response to requests from national and regional football associations around the world.

"The national and regional football bodies put my name forward for this important role," he said.

The world's game deserves a world-class governing body- an International Federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance, he said.

"I am seeking the presidency of Fifa because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to the sport. The headlines should be about football, not about Fifa", he said in the letter to Nyamweya.

Hussein said he is looking into the future and is least interested in the past.

"I see little benefit in revisiting past events or casting blame. We cannot build a better future for Fifa if we remain caught up with the past," he said.

The Jordanian is one of three candidates, who have so far announced their candidature for the Fifa presidency.

Others are incumbent Sepp Blatter, seeking a fifth term, and Frenchman Jerome Champagne, a former Fifa Deputy Secretary-General.

If elected, Prince Ali will be the first Asian to head the world football governing body.

Prince Ali says he wants to lead a Fifa that-treats members with respect, welcomes dissenting view and is transparent.

He also wants to lead a Fifa that distributes its revenues generously, it's top management reflects a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic world and is out to serve the development of football.

"That is the Fifa that I envision. That is the FIFA that I hope to build, with the help of Member Associations across the world who share that vision," he said.

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