Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


German FA backs Infantino's FIFA bid

20 January 2016, 17:22

Berlin - The German FA (DFB) confirmed on Wednesday they will back UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino in his bid to become the president of world football's governing body FIFA next month.

"Gianni Infantino is the candidate for Europe and is the best candidate as far as Rainer Koch and the leadership of the association is concerned," said DFB co-president Reinhard Rauball, who shares the role with Koch, in Frankfurt.

"Through his job as general secretary of UEFA, he knows all facets of football, is very well networked internationally and speaks six languages.

Also read: Chelsea considers Ighalo bid

"With his reputation and experience, he has the necessary qualifications in order to address the structural changes and challenges ahead (at FIFA).

"As well as a change of personnel at the top, reform efforts must be systematically implemented to ensure the credibility and confidence in FIFA is restored in the long term."

On Tuesday, Infantino had stepped up campaigning for next month's FIFA election by promising a bigger World Cup, reforms to scandal-tainted FIFA to create a "credible" global governing body and more money for member nations in his manifesto for the February 26 vote for a new leader.

The Swiss official, who has been right-hand man to suspended UEFA leader Michel Platini for the past seven years, said the World Cup should be expanded to 40 countries from the 32 for the 2018 event in Russia.

In the election, Infantino, 45, is up against Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, Prince Ali bin al Hussein, a former FIFA vice president from Jordan, South African business tycoon Tokyo Sexwale and former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France.

Platini and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were banned from football activities for eight years last month opening up the election battle when Platini withdrew.

All five candidates have promised to clean up the world body in the wake of the Blatter-Platini investigation and a US inquiry which has left 39 individuals and two companies facing charges over bribes for football deals.

Infantino has proposed a new FIFA Council for key decisions, 12-year term limits for officials including the president and more "independent voices" on key FIFA committees.

He also wants FIFA to name a chief compliance officer and to establish a fully open tendering process for the body's multi-billion dollar deals.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...