Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has confirmed to the Associated Press that he was asked by Prince Ali bin al-Hussein to lead an independent regulatory committee to monitor the organization’s reform process, and that he is ready to take action should Prince Ali be elected.
A statement from Prince Ali’s campaign one week ago read that Annan was standing by to “help steer FIFA through its first year to recover from crisis and to support the future reform process.”
The 77-year-old Ghanan, through his spokesman Bijan Farnoudi, confirmed that “Mr. Annan did agree that in that event, should there be a desire to establish such an external oversight committee, that Mr. Annan would be available to chair that.”
Another name mentioned as a possible member of Prince Ali’s committee is former Liverpool chairman and current NY Cosmos board member Rick Perry. Also noted was former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo.
The new president won’t be the only thing voted on during FIFA’s extraordinary congress meeting on Friday. The delegates will also be asked to pass a number of anti-corruption measures to ensure the longevity of the organization amid the current corruption crisis.