We hope new FIFA reforms will help to reduce corruption, football enthusists say
A cross-section of football enthusiasts in Abuja says the new reforms introduced by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) will reduce corruption in its administration.
The football enthusiasts told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that FIFA deserves praise for the reforms, and urged the football body “to follow the reforms to the letter’’.
NAN reports that the new reforms approved at Friday’s extraordinary congress of the body in Zurich, Switzerland include the disclosure of salaries on an annual basis for the FIFA President.
The same will also apply to all FIFA council members, the Secretary-General and relevant chairpersons of independent standing and judicial committees.
Also, the FIFA president’s tenure has now been limited to three terms of four years.
This will also apply to FIFA council members and members of the audit and compliance committee and the judicial bodies.
The reforms also include a minimum of one female representative to be elected as a council member per confederation in order to promote women in football.
One of the enthusiasts, Mansur Abdullahi, who is a former assistant coach at Plateau United FC of Jos, acknowledged that the reforms are a welcome development.
“If FIFA has approved reforms, then it is a good thing, because when holding a public office such as this, what you take home should be known.
“But why is it only the salaries? Why not the allowances as well? I just hope that this will reduce the corruption in FIFA,’’ he said.
Another football enthusiast, Alex Mana, who is of the National Institute for Sports (NIS) in Lagos said the reforms are a good development.
He said the reforms are important to the game at this point in time, especially with the new place given women in the running of affairs.
“This, as well as the other reforms introduced by FIFA, is good. The whole idea will help to checkmate corruption.
“ I just hope that they will follow it to the letter’’.
NAN reports that the reforms were passed ahead of the emergence of Italian Gianni Infantino as new FIFA president on Friday in Zurich to replace Sepp Blatter.
Infantino, the UEFA General Secretary, beat Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Prince Ali of Jordan and former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne to emerge victorious.