Michel Platini (right) is unlikely to be FIFA’s next president, but his “right hand man” could fit the bill.
UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino has joined the race for FIFA’s spot, and Asian Football Federation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (above left) has also announced his entry into the race.
The deadline to join the race is 7 p.m. ET tonight (11 p.m GMT).
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That makes it nine candidates in the mix to replace Sepp Blatter. Each needs the backing of five federations.
Joining Platini, Infantino, and Salman are are South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, former Trinidad and Tobago international David Nakhid, former Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne, and Liberia FA president Musa Bility. Former Nigeria standout Segun Odegbami has said he will stand for election, but not filed.
The election will be held Feb. 26, 2015.