Amidst rumor that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has pledged the government and her support to the candidacy of Musa Bility in the ensuing FIFA Presidential Election in February, Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has clarified that the President has only “noted” his announcement.
Minister Nagbe told journalists last Saturday that President Sirleaf, after being told by LFA boss about his interest in the world football top post acknowledged it.
The Minister’s clarification also stemmed from rumors that the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sport is planning a program where President Sirleaf would officially endorse the candidacy of Mr. Bility in the FIFA election, which is slated on the 26th of February in Zurich, Switzerland.
Candidates for the position will have to be nominated before October 26.
Besides Bility, UEFA president Michel Platini and former Brazilian great Zico are also eyeing the FIFA top post.
It has also been clarified the FIFA dealings are non-political and therefore governments’ intervention is not expected.
Among the three candidates so far, UEFA president Platini is reported to be the favorite as confederations in Asia, Europe, South America and Oceania want him to be the next president.