The Federation of International Football Association or FIFA has confirmed seven candidates, including Liberia’s Musa Hassan Bility for its pending election February, 2016.
Others confirmed are South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, a veteran politician who cut his teeth as an activist in the anti-apartheid movement; Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who has been Fifa Vice-President for Asia for the past four years; 60 years old Michel Platini of France, who is reportedly the favorite set to replace former FIFA President Sepp Blatter; Gianni Infantino also of France, who has been in the game for 17 years; Jerome Champagne, France; and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain.
Forty-eight-year-old Bility is current president for the Liberia Football Association and a businessman.
“We all agree that football is facing a difficult moment and it is in difficult moments that great leaders emerge”, he says.
Bility is forging for a common front from Africa to contest for the highly sought job in FIFA.
Trinidadian ex-footballer David Nakhid was not included on the list, despite saying he had submitted his candidacy.
Platini, the head of European football’s governing body, is also suspended, but Fifa’s electoral committee says it may allow him to stand if his ban ends before the election date.
Fifa and Swiss prosecutors are investigating reports that a £1.35m payment was made in 2011 for work Platini did as Blatter’s adviser.
Both men deny any wrongdoing and are appealing against their 90-day bans.
All candidates had to obtain the written backing of five football associations under Fifa electoral rules.