Sexwale heads to Egypt to seek African support

FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will travel to Cairo on Tuesday to seek support from African soccer leaders.


Sexwale, a South African mining tycoon and former political prisoner, says he will fly to Egypt after an invitation from African soccer confederation president Issa Hayatou. The confederation’s executive committee is holding a two-day meeting in Cairo.

Sexwale said he met with Hayatou – currently the interim FIFA president – in Zurich last week.

Sexwale is one of eight men hoping to stand in next year’s emergency election to replace Sepp Blatter. The 54 votes from African countries – FIFA’s largest confederation – could prove decisive.