(CNS): With the last three of the regional football association’s presidents having been charged with corruption offences in the massive global FIFA scandal, the president of the Canadian Soccer Association has been voted as the new head of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Victor Montagliani was voted in by the membership at the XXXI Ordinary Congress in Mexico City today. All of the confederation’s 41 member associations participated in the elections and Montagliani beat out Bermuda’s football boss, Larry Mussenden, with 25 votes to 16.
Rodolfo Villalobos of Costa Rica was elected to the CONCACAF Council as a vice-president. Luis Hernandez of Cuba, Pedro Chaluja of Panama and Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos were elected to represent the confederation on the FIFA Council, a release from CONCACAF stated.
Montagliani (50), from Vancouver, now has the job of cleaning up the association, which has been one of the most tainted sports bodies in the world.
“Today’s modern world of football requires a leader that has both the intimidate knowledge of the business of football and football itself,” he told the 41 delegates in Mexico City.
His election to the post follows Honduran lawyer Alfredo Hawit’s departure after he was indicted in December.
Hawit was the temporary stand-in for Cayman’s own fallen football hero, Jeffrey Webb, who was arrested in May 2015 in Switzerland as the huge FIFA scandal broke. They have both pleaded guilty in the US and are awaiting sentencing.
Jack Warner, who held the president’s job for two decades and had already been booted out under a cloud of suspicion before the major scandal broke, has also been indicted by the US justice department but he continues to fight extradition from his native Trinidad and Tobago to America.