Candidates interested in running for FIFA president in February next year, have until Monday, October 26, 2015, to register their interest.
Prince Ali bin al Hussein, who lost to Blatter in May’s election, and former Trinidad and Tobago captain David Nakhid have officially stated their intention to run, as has UEFA President, Michel Platini.
Both former Switzerland defenders Ramon Vega and Shaikh Salman, president of the Asian Football Confederation, say they are considering running for FIFA’s presidency.
Also interested in the top job are Nigeria’s ex-international, Segun Odegbami and former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is expected to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the candidacy of Kalu and Odegbami
Football’s governing body has been in chaos since October 9 when the ethics committee suspended current president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke, and Platini for 90 days due to ongoing investigations.
Until his suspension, Platini was considered the favourite to replace Blatter who had been in charge of FIFA since 1998
His chances appear to have nosedived as neither he nor Blatter can explain an irregular payment of two million Swiss francs ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) made in 2011 for advisory work the Frenchman did for FIFA from 1998 to 2002.
In an extraordinary meeting in Zurich on Tuesday, FIFA’s executive committee, re-affirmed that the FIFA elections will hold as scheduled on February 26, 2016.
The committee also agreed to more transparency for ethics proceedings and affirmed that their Code of Ethics would be amended.