Musa Bility, the president of the Liberian Football Association, announced Thursday he intends to run for FIFA president.
"Africa has the largest bloc in FIFA (with 54 members)," Bility told the Associated Press. "If we don't put up a candidate, what does this say about us and our continent?"
Sepp Blatter, FIFA's current president, announced his intention to resign at a press conference on June 2, following the indictment of 14 FIFA executives and business partners on a litany of corruption charges. Blatter, too, is reportedly under investigation by the FBI. An election to select his replacement will reportedly occur on Dec. 16, but FIFA will nail down the date at a meeting in Zurich on July 20.
Swiss media reported on Sunday that Blatter is considering his decision to step aside.
Bility, 48, joins former Brazilian player Zico as the only two candidates to officially announce their intentions to run in the election.
Bility has been president of the Liberian FA since 2010 and would become just the second African to run for president of FIFA. He broke ranks with the rest of Africa when he voted against Blatter in the 2011 presidential election. Blatter has long been an ally of African soccer.
- Dan Gartland