South African to seek CAF support to revive FIFA presidential bid

Sexwale was grilled on Tuesday by high-ranking officials of his home South African Football Association, who had earlier endorsed his candidacy in the race to replace Sepp Blatter.
SAFA wanted answers about Sexwale’s election tactics and the unconvincing progress of his campaign after they had backed his bid for the presidency and helped him obtain the five nominations needed to stand to replace Blatter.
SAFA President, Danny Jordaan, called Sexwale’s report to them “comprehensive”, but said they would only comment further after a meeting of officials of the Confederation of African Football in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday.
The meeting will be Sexwale’s final opportunity to win support before the February 26 election.
Failure to land an endorsement from African football’s governing body is likely to stall Sexwale’s bid in its tracks.
There had been some media reports that dissatisfaction with his campaign was such that he might be asked to withdraw his candidacy on Tuesday but they proved unfounded.
Sexwale is a former political prisoner who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela and served as Premier of Gauteng province, South Africa’s economic heartland.
He was later appointed as a cabinet minister in South Africa.
He also proved successful in mining and other businesses.
Yet he is an outsider in the five-man race to become football’s global leader.
He faces UEFA Secretary-General, Gianni Infantino; Asian Football Confederation President, Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa; former FIFA Vice-President, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein; and the long-odds outsider, Jerome Champagne.


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