As the only possible candidate, Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia was yesterday confirmed as the new president of the Argentine Football Associaton.
The decision was made yesterday at the organization’s training complex at Ezeiza, with 40 votes going to Tapia – who is also the President of third division club Barracas Central – and 3 abstentions. Tapia takes up the role following his predecessor Luis Segura’s resignation back in January, and will oversee some important changes to the restructuring of the AFA and its workings.
On the agenda will be the settling of financial terms with TV giants Fox-Turner, before audiovisual rights to show Primera División matches are handed over in August. Plus, AFA will look have the ban handed to Lionel Messi earlier in the week rescinded. Decisions will also be made regarding the situation of national team coach Edgardo Bauza, as the poor performances of La Selección during his brief tenure have prompted many to call for his ousting. Argentina sit in fifth position in the CONMEBOL qualifying group after their 2-0 defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday and therefore outside of the automatic qualifying positions.
Joining Tapia at the top of the pile will be Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici, who will be serving as Vice-President and Hugo Moyano, President of Independiente, as second Vice-President.
Speaking after his victory, Tapia announced: “We have to all be represented in order to make a better football. Every one of the directors should join in this democracy… it is an opportunity for us to represent Argentina in the best way.”
Referring to the future of Bauza in the national team, Tapia said: “We all must involve ourselves in this project in order to recuperate confidence, so that the national team represents us in the best way in Russia. I ask society and the media to join in this promise, so that, in sport, we raise the Argentine flag to the highest.”