Challenges for new president:
It is clear that Infantino is leading a divided house after Fifa’s senior vice-president, CAF president Issa Hayatou, threw his support to Asia president Sheikh, who is also another vice president. With other members of these confederations in Fifa, Infantino needs to find a workable solution and bring unity to the house.
World Cup spots
One of Infantino’s key messages in his election manifesto was to increase the number of World Cup spots to 40 teams and to allocate more money to confederations and associations. But he has to do a balancing act between his promises and reality. Africa and Asia want more places.
Balance of power
He will be on the spot again on how to deal with the developed and developing countries. He has promised more funds to each confederation and association but other confederations want more representation in the executive. It will be interesting to see how he deals with the issue of club versus country. Uefa supported clubs when they refused to release players to their national teams.
Infantino needs to rebuild Fifa’s reputation which has been tarnished by the revelations of bribery and fraud. More than 40 senior football directors and marketing executives have been arrested or become subject to indictments from the US department of justice over the past months. All the cases are in connection with the corruption investigation.
It is also said the moral at the Fifa house is at its lowest. Staff are demoralised after what has been going on there. Will Infantino come with just his jacket or will he move some of his loyal staff from Uefa to the Fifa headquarters?