The countries in Africa and Asia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), ahead of FIFA Presidential elections to be held next month.
Five men will stand up for the most coveted seat in football next month, including UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, former FIFA official Jerome Champagne and South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale.
Africa is the largest of the confederations with 54 members, while Europe has 53, Asia 46, North and Central America 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.
Both confederations released the full details of the MOU online, saying they had “waived confidentiality.”
Among its objectives, the agreement says it aims to “promote and establish friendly relations of cooperation, both among themselves and among their Member Associations, serving the interests of football in their respective territories and complying with the statutes of AFC, CAF and FIFA.”
Issa Hayatou, president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) and interim head of FIFA, said the agreement was an extension of the close relations between the two regions.
“We have had various exchange partnerships bound us in the past, especially as concerns our officials for major competitions, and even very high-level matches between teams from our two confederations,” he said in Kigali on Friday.
“Today, it is all about resuming a mutually beneficial cooperation between two continents with lots of similarities, and having the same challenges as concerns the development of football.
“We strongly hope that the first four years of the execution of this memo of understanding will consolidate our ties, intensify our cooperation, and build the capacities of the various stakeholders of football in Asia and in Africa.”
The agreement is expected to bloc vote a candidate in the elections although some have come out to criticize the agreement, some of which include; Prince Ali of Jordan, who is also contesting in the same elections