The election of Gianni Infantino as FIFA President last night is a move that has been welcomed by Football Federation Australia.
Chairman Steven Lowy says that the new man in charge will help restore credibility to the organisation and while the candidate who received the FFA’s vote, Prince Ali of Jordan, was ultimately unsuccessful, important steps have been made for the future of the game.
“Today was the best day FIFA has had in many years,” Lowy said in a statement to the media.
“The mood for change was in the air and the Congress voted overwhelmingly to move forward with a new structure and new leadership to implement it.”
Lowy expressed confidence in the experience and vision of the newly elected Infantino, who received 115 of a possible 207 votes in Zurich late last night.
“David Gallop and I have met him several times in the past few months and have been impressed with his knowledge, his energy and his determination to lead FIFA into a new era,” Lowy said.
FFA director Moya Dodd was also given special mention by Lowy for helping to promote reform, transparency and improved governance among the sport’s governing body.
“We will now move forward to continue playing a productive role as a member of the Asian Football Confederation and the world football community.”