CAF: Patel withdraws from FIFA Council elections

Confederation of African Football Vice-President, Suketu Patel has withdrawn from the race for the two extra African places on the FIFA Council.

It leaves only five candidates left for the election which is likely to dominate CAF’s Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo on Thursday.

No reasons were given for Patel’s withdrawal, which CAF has confirmed.

South Sudan Football Association President, Chabur Goc Alei pulled out of the election last week.

It leaves CAF’s second vice-president Almamy Kabele Camara of Guinea as the most senior figure in the race and among the favourites along with fellow executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ghana Football Association President.

The other three candidates are Ahmad from Madagascar, Hamidou Djibrilla of Niger and Senegal Football Association chef Augustin Senghor.

Africa has two more places on the expanded FIFA Council which is much the same as their old tarnished executive committee.

The two new African members will hold their seats only until 17 March, when they face re-election at the next CAF Congress, which is being held in Addis Ababa.

But election success in Cairo on Thursday will likely give the incumbent a head start in their bid for re-election next year and a four-year term.

The gathering of CAF’s 54-member associations has been called to vote in the two new members before the new FIFA Council has its first meeting on 13-14 October.



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