Canada’s Victor Montagliani has been elected as the new president of Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The current head of Canada Soccer becomes the first Canadian to the lead the embattled confederation, after beating Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden 25-16 in a two-way vote at Concacaf’s ongoing 31st congress in Mexico City.
Montagliani’s campaign manifesto, based on what he calls his ’One Concacaf’ vision, outlined his plan to restore trust and credibility to a 41-member organisation that has been engulfed in a sprawling bribery scandal in recent years.
The past three permanent presidents of Concacaf - Jack Warner, Alfredo Hawit and Jeffrey Webb - have all been charged for corruption by US authorities. Warner is fighting extradition from his native Trinidad and Tobago, while Webb recently pleaded guilty in a US court to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.
Hawit replaced Webb last year but was arrested in December on similar charges.
Montagliani, a 50-year-old from Vancouver who works in insurance, is the fourth president of Concacaf in five years and the third in the space of a year. He begins his four-year term in office by presiding over next month’s Copa America Centenario in the United States, which Concacaf is co-hosting for the first time with its South American counterpart, Conmebol.