FIFA Presidency: CAF rejects his own, Sexwale, endorses Asia's Al-Khalifa

By Editor on 05/02/2016

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Confederation of African Football, CAF has announced that Africa will back Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain for his Fifa presidency following an executive committee meeting that was held on Friday at Kigali Serena Hotel.

Africa, which is the biggest voting bloc with 54 of the total 209 votes, has emerged as a key battle ground for Fifa candidates, with all the candidates heading to the Rwandan capital where Caf executive committee members are attending the ongoing Chan 2016.

Caf first vice president Suketu Patel told that, “The Caf executive committee decided that they will give full support to Sheikh Salman to his candidacy for Fifa presidency.”

Caf’s decision to support Sheikh Salman was expected after Caf signed a memorandum of understanding last month.

This does not however mean that all African countries will vote for Sheikh Salman who also has the full support of the Asian Football Confederation where he is president.

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

Caf president Issa Hayatou had earlier told the media that, “If we decide to support Salman, is it a crime? Who can prevent us from doing this?”

South African Tokyo Sexwale whose campaign is in jeopardy following this decision is likely to withdraw from the race for football’s top job.

Italian Gianni Infantino and former Fifa deputy secretary general Jerome Champagne are also in Kigali to campaign to African FA representatives who attended the meeting on Friday.

Prince Ali of Jordan is the only candidate who did not make it to Kigali.





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Posted on February, 5 2016

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