Blatter determined to go on

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he has unfinished business as the head of soccer’s world governing body and that he is still full of energy.

The Swiss, who is vying for a fourth term as FIFA president, was in Kuala Lumpur to meet the head of the Malaysian FA, Sultan Ahmad Shah, as he continues to canvas support for the upcoming June elections.

“I feel still full of energy and I’ve not yet finished my work in FIFA,” Blatter said.

Blatter, 75, is currently the only candidate for the role, however reports suggest Asian Football Confederation head Mohamed Bin Hammam is due to announce his intention to challenge Blatter.

However in his 13th year as FIFA president, Blatter was not concerned by the competition.

“I have support from different Asian associations, but I must have the support from the whole family of FIFA,” Blatter said.

Blatter also hinted that FIFA are more likely to award a World Cup finals to a single nation.

His comments came after the Association of South-East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) announced their intention to make a joint bid to host the tournament in 2030.

“The idea is a very good one but the realisation is not easy,” he said. “The principal of the World Cup which has been admitted – and especially after the World Cup 2002 – when we had two organising committees.”

“If there’s a single country able to organise the World Cup, preference shall be given to these single countries.”

 


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