EXCLUSIVE | Ngoufonja to challenge Abou Rida in race to FIFA Council
Former FIFA senior development manager for Africa, Zelkifili Ngoufonja, has thrown his hat in the race to the FIFA Council on CAF seat.
Ngoufonja, famously known as Zul in football circles announced his aspirations on Wednesday and has blessings of the Cameroon Football Federation and former CAF President Issa Hayatou.
The former FIFA senior development manager for Africa will be up against the Egyptian Football Association President Hany Abou-Rida in the open category, which has seen SAFA President Danny Jordan and former South Sudan FA President Chabur Goc Alei withdrawing their candidacy.
After launching his campaign, Zul has pointed out that he is offering his past experiences at FIFA to defend the African football.
“I am not offering money (to gain the votes for election), I am offering my brains and my experiences serving this continent,” Zul said.
“I believe I can very effectively serve the continent. I am not going to be there (on the FIFA Council) to clap hands. I want to defend the interests of the continent. Africa can prove it is guided by other things than money,” he added.
CAF have six seats and one for it’s Vice President on the FIFA Council. The race is categorized in linguistics: Arabic, Anglophone, Francophone, and Spanish alongside Portuguese speaking countries; with one seat reserved for a female Football Association President as it is mandatory.
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