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Blatter: Desire to lead FIFA still burns strong

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 8:53 am •  Published: June 10, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Sepp Blatter told CONCACAF football leaders on Tuesday that his desire to be FIFA president "burns stronger than ever."

"I am at your disposal," to be a candidate in an election next May, Blatter told delegates from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

"My mission, our mission together is not yet finished," the 78-year-old Swiss official said. "I'll be honest with you it still burns, it still burns stronger than ever to go forwards."

Blatter then met members of the 11-nation Oceania regional body in an adjoining conference room who also pledged their support.

"Rest assured, the 11 members in this room are the first in line," said Oceania leader and FIFA vice president David Chung.

Blatter has been asking FIFA members, in a tour of six confederation meetings in Sao Paulo hotels, to support him at the end of their annual congress on Wednesday.

Blatter was due to address members of UEFA, his most hostile confederation, later Tuesday.

Europe's UEFA is the one group preparing to oppose Blatter's wish for a fifth term.

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