Eighth FIFA Council meeting set for Kigali, Rwanda

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
FIFA preparing for eighth Council meeting
FIFA preparing for eighth Council meeting

Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is readying to host the eighth meeting of world football governing body,  FIFA's Council meeting scheduled for October 26.

The meeting, held quarterly, is used to review and also take strategic decisions for the game.

The agenda for the Kigali meeting is yet to be made known, but it is likely to have a review of the seventh Council meeting held in Moscow, just before the 2018 World Cup hosted by Russia.

The Council is the main decision-making body of FIFA in the intervals of FIFA Congress
and came into being two years ago, to replace the FIFA Executive Committee. It is made up of 37 members and is chaired by its president, Gianni Infantino.

 

Infantino is expected to meet and brief the media in Kigali, of decisions taken after the meeting. The various Confederation heads are the vice presidents, while the remaining members are elected representatives from their confederations.

Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi who was also the vice president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was elected a Council member, but he resigned from his role last June after being captured on camera accepting a monetary offer from investigative journalist, Anas Amereyaw Anas.

Nyantakyi resigned when FIFA announced a provisional 90-day ban while investigations into his conduct went on.

CAF at its Extra Ordinary Congress on September 30, elected Malawi FA President Walter Nyamilandu to replace Nyantakyi on the FIFA Council.

At the seventh Council meeting in Russia, the FIFA World Ranking formula was the main agenda as the meeting agreed to have a change in the FIFA ranking system which stipulates the principles of the rating of the national teams, to make it more  proportional.

In defending the new ranking system, FIFA said  the approved system, would eliminate any possible  manipulation of the rating system and gives all teams equal chance to improve their positions.

"We agreed on changing the way FIFA World Ranking is calculated, we want to make it more logical. A new formula will be introduced after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. We think the new system will be more balanced," FIFA President Gianni Infantino told journalists.

Earlier at the sixth Council meeting in Colombia, FIFA’s strategic body agreed, in principle, that there was a crucial need to support women’s football and to strengthen the existing scenario of international women’s competitions.

However, the meeting deferred for further discusion at subsequent meetings, the proposal of a FIFA Women’s World League.

The Bogota meeting also agreed to maintain the existing format for the biennal Under-17 and Under-20 male and female tournaments.