By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
With just one year left ahead of the FIFA presidential election, former Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, and presidential candidate Jean Crepin Nyamsi have indicated that he intends to contest against incumbent Gianni Infantino for the top job in world football.
The election for the President of FIFA comes up in 2023 and the former player of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon is quite excited about the challenge that awaits him.
In a statement, Nyamsi said: “After FECAFOOT, I give myself another challenge. I announce today (April 3) my intention to run for the Presidency of the International Football Federation, FIFA… Soon we will walk to the other side of Zurich for the biggest challenge in world football always with my dream team,” Crepin Nyamsi said while announcing his candidacy, as reported by actucameroun.com.
“I’m a dreamer and I like it and you? Who does not dream is a man without ambitions. Tomorrow’s FIFA will be chaired by Jean Crepin Soter Nyamsi. We will only write the story and you will read it. My dream team is ready.”
Jean Crepin Nyamsi is a teacher, researcher, and holder of a doctorate in information and communication sciences from the University of Lyon 2, a doctorate from the University of Quebec. He is also the chairman of the board of Directors of the legendary football team DIHEP di Nkam, champion of Cameroon in 1984 against Union Douala.
After being one of the first candidates to announce their intention for the FECAFOOT presidency, Jean Ceprin Nyamsi did a U-turn by siding with Samuel Eto’o for the job, with the latter going on to defeat former president Seidou Mbombo Njoya.
With this announcement from Nyamsi, he becomes the second person to announce his intention for the job, with incumbent Gianni Infantino looking for another term of office. During the 72nd FIFA Congress that took place in Doha, Gianni Infantino stated his intention to stand again for re-election in 2023 and continue the work that has yielded a seven-fold increase in solidarity distribution payments to member associations since he first took office in 2016.
After defeating Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa in 2016, Gianni Infantino ran opposed and was re-elected president in 2019. In 2016, FIFA passed reform that limited presidents to three terms of four years.
“We want to be about inclusivity, about democracy and giving a voice to those who are never heard; to the silent majority,” the FIFA president told delegates. “We want to work together with you and we want to continue developing football. FIFA is an open, transparent and democratic organization and we are always there to work together.”
Five federations need to endorse an opponent for the person to stand for the election. It is still uncertain if he has the backing for now of the regional body, CAF, and other federations for this huge task. And that will be tough especially at a time when CAF has been backing the FIFA president in most of his decisions from the CAF Super League to the holding of the FIFA World Cup every two years, with UEFA greatly opposed to the last.
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