I will support Africa - Prince Ali

HARARE - Visiting Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has pledged to channel more resources to Africa and the developing world if he is elected into office.

Prince Ali will on May 29 battle for the Fifa presidency against incumbent Joseph Sepp Blatter, former Portugal captain Luis Figo and Dutch FA chairman Michael van Praag.

The Prince of Jordan is however, trying to woo Zimbabwe and Africa’s support on the basis that if he is elected Fifa president he will channel more resources to the continent as well as other regions like Asia and the Caribbean which he feels are not receiving enough financial support from the Fifa cake.

“First of all it’s a tremendous honour to be in your beautiful country,” Prince Ali said.

“My platform really is about development and grassroots and how we can support the countries most likely in Africa, Asia and other parts of South America, the Caribbean and elsewhere.

“That’s really where we need to find ourselves standing up on our feet in terms of facilities, equipment support for national associations which can be done a lot more and a lot better in a case by case basis working with people in the region.

“We want Fifa to be all inclusive for the world and that’s extremely important this time. We want national associations to be self-sustaining, independent, have the dignity and to be standing up; that’s where I am coming from and that’s why I am running.”

Since announcing his intention to run against Blatter in January this year, Prince Ali has been very critical of the way Fifa is being run and is confident of toppling Blatter.

“I think every country has its right to decide for itself. I think I have a slight advantage; I have been Fifa’s vice-president for the past four years and I think that there is real willingness to progress the organisation in a new direction,

“I think there is a lot of work needs to be done and I am willing to do it.”

The Jordanian Prince said he thought it was important to visit Zimbabwe in particular, where he paid courtesy call to acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa before meeting Sport, Arts and Culture minister Andrew Langa.

Prince Ali, who will next month publish his detailed manifesto, building on his vision document launched in January, rounded off his journey into the country by visiting Zifa president Cuthbert Dube at his mansion in Groombridge.

Dube could not immediately reveal if he has offered the association’s backing to the Jordanian Prince and to nominate him to stand against Blatter.

Dube said: “In terms of benefiting from this meeting; we discussed quite a wide range of issues which include the ones to do with the exchange of information, developmental issues to do with football and how everyone can benefit.

“We raised one important issue that Zimbabwe needs more representation on Fifa and Caf as well so that the country benefits from these interactions.”

After meeting with Dube Prince Ali said: “We were discussing ways of having friendship and friendly matches as well in the future and most importantly to invite the president to the soccer expo in Jordan which will be happening at the beginning of May.

“We have discussed challenges faced by Zimbabwe in sport especially football and also my own ideas on the future of football at Fifa especially coming from a country that is also developing in sport and explain why it is important to have leadership from there.”

Comments (4)

To woo the Corrupt Football/soccer administrators of AFRICA is a brilliant idea provided "They receive their CUT" and this is cheap and easy for the Jordanian Prnce.

Mukanya - 2 April 2015

Everyone says they will support Africa, from foreign presidents, politicians and football administrators, but nothing positive happens after those empty promises. I know why. It's easy to con Africans, and Hayatou is master of this con game.

machakachaka - 7 April 2015

kkkk ngaaende kure ,tsotsi rinoda kuvhoterwa taneta isu nenhema dzega ,Blatter is the man at least he has demonstrated his commitment and respect for African football

sinyoro - 15 April 2015

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