Liberia Football Association chairman Musa Bility said Thursday he intends to stand for the FIFA presidency, claiming the scandal-hit organisation needs a “great leader”.
The 48-year-old has headed the Liberian FA since 2010 and becomes the second person after Brazilian legend Zico to announce his intention to succeed Sepp Blatter.
“Africa is the largest voting bloc in Fifa and we must take the lead to bring football together,” Bility told the BBC.
“We all agree that football is facing a difficult moment and it is in difficult moments that great leaders emerge.”
Blatter has already announced he will step down as president after 17 years in the job following FIFA becoming embroiled in a series of corruption allegations.
“I have spoken to about half a dozen of the presidents of African football and I have their support — you can see the excitement,” Bility 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.”
Elections for the FIFA presidency are expected to be held between December 2015 and March 2016. – Agence France-Presse