FIFA Presidential candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam has called for new blood at the governing body as he continues his election campaign.Bin Hammam has been in South America, along with current President Sepp Blatter, at the South American Football Confederation, as they both look to gain support ahead of the vote on June 1.
And despite supporting Blatter in the past, Bin Hammam said it is time for change.
“I was with Blatter and I was honored to work as a member of the executive committee with him,” bin Hammam said.
“I supported him a lot, of course during 1998 and 2002. But, I think also, it is time for change , this is actually one thing I believe in. And I believe also the competition and democracy is something very good for our organization.”
The pair were guests were guests at CONMEBOL where both sat at the top table with federation president Nicolas Leoz.
And Blatter was confident that he would be getting Leoz’s backing.
“I want to congratulate the 62nd Congress of the South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL, especially Nicolas Leoz for his 25 years, also to the presidency that will continue these next four years,” Blatter said.
“I also want to thank this congress for its support of me to continue my mission in FIFA.”
CONMEBOL holds 10 of the 208 votes at the FIFA congress.
Blatter believes he has about 50 percent support from Africa and Asia and a majority in the rest of the world, but Bin Hammam believes the issue is not settled.