by Olorunwa Lawal
FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has said that he will be vying for his fifth term in office.
The 78-year-old made this known via a video interview broadcast at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, UK.
Blatter revealed that the backing of the majority of the national associations at the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo in June had convinced him to contest for his fifth term, and that he would make an “official declaration” to his executive committee on 25 and 26 September ahead of next summer’s election.
“I would make an official declaration definitely in September now when we have the executive committee. I will inform the executive committee. It’s a question of respect also to say then to the football family, ‘Yes I will be ready. I will be a candidate,” he said.
The Swiss will be contesting unopposed, after UEFA president Michel Platini announced last month that he would not be challenging the incumbent for the role.
Platini said his decision was based on the fact that he wants to focus on his work as head of European football’s ruling body.
The election for president will take place at the FIFA Congress in May, 2015.
Blatter, who was first elected as FIFA president in 1998, had pledged before his re-election in 2011 that his current term would be his last.