by Ubong Inyang
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to be at the helm of affairs for the world football’s governing body for a second term after it was revealed on Wednesday that he is the sole candidate ahead of June’s election.
Infantino succeeded fellow country man Sepp Blatter who left unceremoniously at the back of series of corruption scandals that hit the world football governing body in 2016.
The June elections is scheduled to take place in Paris before the highly anticipated Women’s World Cup tournament.
It was also gathered that former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ramon Vega was billed to stand against Infantino but failed to meet up with the required support of five FIFA member federations out of 211.
Infantino has introduced plans to increase the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 from 2026 , with the possibility to bring forward the expansion to the 2022 edition in Qatar.
A decision is expected to be taken next March after a study into the feasibility of holding an extended tournament in the Gulf State.
Michel Platini’ s former right – hand man at UEFA is also hoping for an enlarged , 24 – team Club World Cup from 2021.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia , who will be re – elected on Thursday also as the sole candidate , is opposed to the idea .