Blatter endorses Webb to succeed him as FIFA chief

FIFA president Joseph Blatter has suggested that Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football boss Jeffrey Webb has the potential to become the leader of world football’s governing body.

Blatter faces challenges from Michael van Praag (The Netherlands), David Ginola (France), Luis Figo (Portugal) and FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for football’s top job.

Blatter made his comments at the conclusion of the CONCACAF Congress in the Bahamas on Saturday that confirmed Webb unopposed for his second term as president.

He said the 50-year-old Caymanian has demonstrated the capabilities necessary to lead FIFA one day.

“He is a leader of CONCACAF, he is already a leader in FIFA as he has a big task (as vice-president and chairman of the Anti-Racism and Discrimination Committee), and he will have a bigger task now in the next four years (as CONCACAF president),” said Blatter, 79, set for a fifth and likely final term as FIFA president.

“He is already projecting himself (as a future leader of FIFA) and he is a winner, so let’s see where he is going.” This is not the first time that Blatter has promoted Webb as a potential FIFA president.

Two years ago during a function in the Caribbean celebrating reforms within CONCACAF, Blatter remarked that FIFA could soon have a new president and that it could be Webb.

Webb took over the helm of CONCACAF in 2012 in the wake of the infamous cash-for-votes scandal which resulted in the resignation of former FIFA strongman, Trinidadian Jack Warner.

Blatter, who is expected to prevail at the FIFA polls on May 29, added, “Now that he has been re-elected president of CONCACAF, and at the same time vice-president of FIFA, I am looking forward to serving with him for another four years.”