FIFA confirmed on Thursday that the current President Gianni Infantino will stand unopposed for a third term as head of world football’s governing body next year.
A statement from FIFA said that Infantino would be the only candidate when the election takes place at the 73rd FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda on March 16.
“No other candidature has been submitted,” the statement reads.
Recall, Infantino was elected in 2016 after the federation was dragged by scandal in the final years of Blatter’s time in charge.
The FIFA president’s third term follows in the line of previous FIFA presidents — Joao Havelange was in charge from 1974 to 1998 and Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter held office from 1998 to 2015.
Infantino can point to the increase in FIFA’s turnover during his time in charge — the football governing body is forecasting a turnover of $7 billion for the four-year cycle till 2022.