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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:39 pm 

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He has done well for African football, but i think he needs to handover. ... YZ20100610
By Mike Collett

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A buoyant Sepp Blatter announced on Thursday he intended to stand again as FIFA president, with no expected opposition to him remaining the most powerful man in soccer until he is almost 80.

The 74-year-old Swiss, first elected president in 1998, is unlikely to be challenged when he seeks a fourth four-year term in office when his current tenure ends in 2011.

"I have not yet completed my mission as president of FIFA, I am motivated to go for another term," he told FIFA delegates at their 60th congress to a spontaneous round of applause.

"Thank you for your confidence. I would like to say we will go for it together. I am ready, you are ready."

Asked later whether it would be his last term in a role observers say makes him sport's second-most powerful person after the president of the International Olympic Committee, he said: "I cannot say it will be the last one because I don't even know what will happen next year."

On the eve of the first World Cup finals to be held in Africa, Blatter did not deliver a passionate, electioneering-style address to delegates from 207 of FIFA's 208 member countries.

Instead he concentrated on the aim of world soccer's governing body to eradicate society's vices that blighted the sport, especially racism and discrimination.

"Violence, cheating, doping, betting, discrimination and racism, these are all in our game," he said. Continued...

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