Blatter wins fifth term despite FIFA corruption scandal: Malawi FA president voted

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu took part in the voting at FIFA congress in Zurich on Friday which saw Sepp Blatter emerged victorious once again as president of world soccer’s governing body for a fifth term .

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress

The corruption scandal that has shaken Fifa seemed to play a part as Blatter narrowly failed to win a majority in the first round of a presidential election. Blatter, aged 79, won 133 out of 206 votes, leaving him four votes short of the required two-thirds majority.

Blatter was declared the victor after Prince Ali , the 39-year-old son of Jordan’s late King Hussein, conceded defeat.

“Thank you for voting. I will be in command of this boat called Fifa for the next four years and we will bring it back from offshore to the beach,” Blatter said. “But we have to work on that, and on other things we have to do for Fifa in the future.”

“I am now the president of everybody,” he said.

Prince Ali, who secured the support of many European countries, faced the difficulty of overturning Blatter’s strong support in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia, despite this week’s turmoil.

Blatter remained defiant despite the storm that has engulfed the organisation he has run for the past 17 years.

“All those who voted for Prince Ali, I congratulate you, he was a good candidate. But I am now the president of everybody,” he said.

But several delegates inside the hall suggested that the twin investigations launched by Swiss and American officials into alleged corruption at Fifa’s highest levels could leave Blatter weakened and unable to serve out a full four-year term.

Blatter drew on his considerable reserves of charm and chutzpah to appeal to voters worried about the turbulence surrounding Fifa. What they needed, he said, was a “strong leader, an experienced leader, a leader who knows the ins and outs of the situation”.

He was, he said, the safe choice. “We do not need revolutions, but we always need evolutions,” he said.

Blatter cited God and Allah in his speech, saying they would help guide FIFA out of its crisis.

“I promise you, in the end of my term I will give this FIFA to my successor in a very, very strong position, a robust FIFA and a good FIFA,” he said.

The vote was secret ballot but it believed Malawi FA vote went to Blatter, the Africa’s choice of FIfa leader.–Additional reporting by AP and FT

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18 thoughts on “Blatter wins fifth term despite FIFA corruption scandal: Malawi FA president voted”

  1. This old man has killed football in Africa. Apart from churches, football is untouchable interms of accountability. All this is attributed by the mafia group called FIFA. They force goverments never enterfere on football matters.

  2. DOBO says:

    Four things to bear in mind. 1. FIFA is on earth the most powerful corruptive organisation without checks and balances 2. Africa is most corruptive continent with majority ignorant and minority educated who believe in corruption as a better means of survival 3. African FAs voting for Blatter is sign of fear of being exposed of corruption if he leaves. 4. Europe with high literate rate and people there believe in hardwork as a better means of survival does not tolerate corruptionl.FIFA under Blatter has exploited African for its own mafia benefits with cheap developments as football is going down and down in African countries resulting in most Africans watching European football. In this case, its like Blatter saying “Cover me and I will you” and African FAs saying ” Cover us and we will cover you”.Blatter’s cling to power is designed to cover mafia corruption and African FAs vote for Blatter is also a corruption cover. My only worry in this crisis is its effects on African football after the departure of Blatter who is 79.In this case, its like Africa has voted Blatter in favour of corruption amid corruption scandals.What a tricky situation.Only fools can not see this.

  3. DOBO says:

    Four things to bear in mind. 1. FIFA is on earth the most powerful corruptive organisation without checks and balances 2. Africa is most corruptive continent with majority ignorant and minority educated who believe in corruption as a better means of survival 3. African FAs voting for Blatter is sign of fear of being exposed of corruption if he leaves. 4. Europe with high literate rate and people there believe in hardwork as a better means of surviva does tolerate corruptionl.FIFA under Blatter has exploited African for its own mafia benefits with cheap developments as football is going down and down in African countries resulting in most Africans watching European football. In this case, its like Blatter saying “Cover me and I will you” and African FAs saying ” Cover us and we will cover you”.Blatter’s cling to power is designed to cover mafia corruption and African FAs vote for Blatter is also a corruption cover. My only worry in this crisis is its effects on African football after the departure of Blatter who is 79.In this case, its like Africa has voted Blatter in favour of corruption amid corruption scandals.What a tricky situation.Only fools can not see this.

  4. Biggie says:

    What are you crying for you loosers? Blatter hasbeen voted for by a majority vote. He hasn’t put himself there. He deserved a win. Bad loosers don’t accept defeat… Pri.nce ali wazituluka inu mukulilab!!! Mulira simunati blatter woyeeeeee

  5. ujeni says:

    The west want to control FIFA the same way they control IMF and World Bank. IMF continues to impoverish African states with profit s going to western States. They thought Blatter will play ball and do like wise but no. When Blatter is gone he will be revered like Mandela for ever.

    1. Zikomankhani says:

      “He who pays the piper calls the tune”. Do you think the money for Chiwembe, the artificial turf, etc grew on trees? It came from the same Western countries you so despise. African people and governments want free money and projects – without accountability. It is very childish to think a person can enjoy something without properly accounting for it…

  6. Namukachapa says:

    The issue here is that Blatter knows the psychology of Africans. We worship dictators and life presidents, and we have this thing about messiahs. When we get services from FIFA we attribute them not our own efforts but to a messiah figure. We are also not shocked by the fact that a man who is so old he belongs the museum is running for fifth term because this guy is very much like our own leaders. I believe one African even described him as uncle.
    Its a well known fact that Blatter funnels money to poor nations in return for their loyalty. Africa has more votes than anyone else and that’s why he targets us the most. Mark my word, Africans will soon be campaigning for Blatter’s sixth term.

  7. magaula says:

    nganga blatter u are agreat pope of soccer in the world continue developing malawi football.u have raised us

  8. Bubu says:

    Its a fact that Africa, Asia and South America have benefited a lot in football development from FIFA during the tenure of Blatter. This I think is not an issue here. While we credit Blatter for this, we must not personalise such achievements to him. The achievements, the benefits are from FIFA, not Blatter.

    For sustainability lets put in “principles” that will ensure flow of benefits to Africa and Asia, with or withour Blatter. Its not sustainable to keep one person in power, as if this is a family organisation. Hey its 7 Billion people in the world. Do we really think only one man can be good?

    The African and South American tendency is emerging at FIFA now. When terms of office of the presidents of these continents has reached limit, the respective presidents start thinking they are too good to go and then mobilise people to support him to cling to power. Typical!!!!!! Think of Mugabe, think of Kabila, think of all countries in Africa except a few like Botswana, Tanzania. Otherwise its Typical.!!!

    It does not matter how good you are, if your time is up please hand over and go. After all how can you know that there are better people if you dont give them a chance? Voting in itself does not mean democracy, majority in itself does not mean democracy!!!!!!!!!!!! Recognition that you need to give chance to others can be a critical part of democracy.

    How different is Blatter to Mugabe? How different is Blatter to some of these African leaders that will wait for the military to intervene!!?? Shame on you Blatter, Shame on you african delegation and shame on you FIFA.

  9. Congratulation to Blatter he deserves the seat. I do hope he will not contest the next elections because he is old enough

  10. oga chijoke says:

    Poor campaign by Prince Ali is to blame. If you can’t court the continents with the biggest numbers what do you expect? Blatter won’t finish his term though. His enemies are too powerful. We’re talking governments. He will be in the middle of it all. Already we’re hearing Jack Warner wants to cut a deal; Blatter won’t last trust me.

  11. amp says:

    corruption is everywhere. do cheat us that we are the corrupt nation. Why are we having wars in the first place in countries where initially there was peace. Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, search me!!!!

  12. rudolf phiri says:

    What did you expect from FAM and all the other FAs from the third world. Blatter corrupts all these guys and they are all in his pocket? Africans embrace undemocratic cultures and corruption, because that`s what we are used to at home. Blatter is on his 4th or 5th term now and these people would vote him well into his 10th term. Walter is in his third term and flirting with a fourth one now and you think he would vote against Blatter? I am sure this corrupt 79 year old is his hero! Did you the guinea Bissau FA guy saying no matter what, Blatter gets our vote.

    Am sure achina walter achokako ndima envelope ama $5,000 kumeneko. Blatter loves that he can buy this Africans with pocket change. Shame!!

  13. Youth League Chairman: Kawale 1 market says:

    It is a well known fact that African and Asian football Association heads are amongst the biggest benefactors of FIFA corruption. We have heard stories from former FAM executives of fat envelops stashed with US Dollars, on their hotel beds. Did u expect such characters to vote for change? In fact they are afraid that if a new broom takes charge at FIFA, they will be exposed.

  14. Chikopa says:

    Artficial kamuzu stadiam ndi Blatter chiwembe ndi Blatter mzuzu tecnical centre ndi Blatter ndiye water akanavotera ndani? Sakunenepo za africa akamakopa maiko oti avote, anthu kulephela kumuwelenga Blatter

  15. Namatchaitsa says:

    Corrupt officials from poor nations are the ones that have helped their lead thief stat in power for 17 stinking years!

    Walter be ashamed of yourself!

  16. He says:

    The westerners are bad losers. They cannot accept that it was a democratic vote. They want a veto at FIFA like they have at UN Security council or IMF and World Bank where nobody else can be a president unless he is one of them.
    Go Blatter go! You represent Africa and Asia go!

    1. Chithumwa says:

      Please fellow Malawians make an attempt to understand the issues. The issue here is about corruption in FIFA; not about yesterday’s election. This corruption predates Blatter becoming FIFA president 17 years ago. It is not just Western countries that should be concerned about this corruption because if things don’t change sponsors are going to leave FIFA in droves. These are the people who make available the funds that built Chiwembe and all the other projects mentioned. The funds do not come from Blatter’s pockets…

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