Montagliani gets third term unopposed

GUATEMALA CITY, CMC – CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has been re-elected unopposed at the confederation’s Ordinary Congress here yesterday. The Canadian, also a vice-president of football’s world governing body, FIFA, will now serve his third successive term, a four-year period which will run until 2027.

Montagliani was first elected in 2016 when he defeated Bermudian Larry Mussenden at the Congress held in Mexico City, and was reelected unopposed three years later. “I have said many times before that leadership is about service, not power,” Montagliani said. “And my commitment to continue serving and supporting all of our Member Associations is unbreakable. In Concacaf our unique characteristics are our grit, our passion, and our perseverance to achieve our long-term goals.  “These characteristics, combined with our unity, are the ‘secret sauce’ of Concacaf and I truly believe that world football could do with more of Concacaf.” He continued: “In delivering our ongoing mission to develop football in our wonderful region, we will continue to be authentic in our dialogue, in our interactions, and in our football. This is a global game that connects us all and belongs to us all. 

“To quote one of my early football coaches, ‘simplicity is genius’. With that in mind I conclude by simply thanking you all from the bottom of my heart.” Montagliani assumed leadership of the confederation in the wake of the well-publicised scandal which saw then president Jeffrey Webb, along with several high level CONCACAF officials, arrested in 2015 on corruption charges involving racketeering and bribery. Since being elected, Montagliani has overseen a restructuring of the confederation, focussing his efforts on corporate governance and seeking to undertake “cultural change”.

Saturday’s Congress was attended by delegates from all 41 member associations which comprise the North, Central America and Caribbean regions.

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