CAF PLACES GALADIMA ON STANDBY
Disgraced Nigerian official, Amos Adamu, is attempting to regain his place on FIFA's Executive Committee.
CAF has, however, placed Ibrahim Galadima on stand by for next months elections pending the outcome of the appeal by Adamu.
Adamu was suspended for three years in November following claims that he had asked for money in exchange for his World Cup vote. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed both Africa's outgoing members – Adamu and Jacques Anouma – are reapplying for their posts.
Adamu's position is up for re-election next month.
Should Adamu, who has protested his innocence, fail in his appeal to FIFA against his suspension, compatriot Ibrahim Galadima will be applying on behalf of Nigeria.
While confirming that Adamu has formally appealed against his ban, football's world governing body has yet to establish a timeline for his case to be heard. 'We don't have a precise date at present,' a FIFA spokesman said. FIFA also confirmed that Adamu's fellow Executive Committee member, Reynard Temarii of Tahiti, who was suspended for one-year for breaching confidentiality rules, has similarly appealed his ban.
Other applicants for Africa's Executive Committee posts include: Zambia's 1988 African Footballer of the Year, Kalusha Bwalya, and South African Danny Jordaan, who earned widespread praise for his role as CEO of the 2010 World Cup organising committee.
Making up the list are: Algerian Football Federation's President, Mohamed Raouraoua, and Suketu Patel, who heads the Seychellois federation.
CAF is set to elect its members at a general assembly in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on 23 February. With regard to the African body itself, six positions on the executive committee are being contested by a total of 16 men across the continent.
Two of those aiming for a place on the FIFA executive, Bwalya and Jordaan, are aiming to replace outgoing member, Dr Molefi Oliphant as he vacates his position in Southern Africa.