Egypt: Two Africans, six others for FIFA presidency

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Two Africans are among the eight candidates who beat the 26 Oct. 2015 deadline to submit their entries for the Feb. 2016 election to the presidency of world football governing body, FIFA, PANA reported on Tuesday.

The deadline for the submission of entries expired at midnight on Monday, 26 Oct.

Former anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela ally, Tokyo Sexwale and President of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility, are the two Africans seeking to succeed Sepp Blatter, who is standing down following an unprecedented crisis in FIFA.

Two other possible African candidates, Nigerian football club owner and former state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu and ex-Nigeria international, Segun Odegbami, have dropped out.

Sexwale and Bility join UEFA President Michel Platini; Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan, who previously ran against Blatter; Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, President of the Asian Football Confederation; David Nakhid, former Trinidad and Tobago captain; Jérôme Champagne, former executive at FIFA and Gianni Infantino, UEFA General Secretary as the eight candidates.

Blatter is serving a 90-day suspension following his alleged involvement in the series of corruption scandals rocking the global football governing body.

Also serving a similar suspension is one of the candidates, Platini who, until his suspension, was considered a front runner.

President Issa Hayatou of Africa's football ruling body, CAF, is the current interim President of FIFA.

No African has ever been elected into the presidency of FIFA in its 111-year history.
-0- PANA SEG/MA 27Oct2015

27 october 2015 11:10:55

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