South Africa’s Sexwale withdraws from FIFA race

Tokyo Sexwale has withdrawn from the race to become the next president of FIFA.

In his speech, Sexwale said: “My candidacy ends today, I end my participation, I leave you four candidates.

“My campaign is suspended as of now.”

Sexwale said: “If Gianni wins it will be a party. If Jerome wins it will be a party. If Sheikh Salman wins it will be a party. If Prince Ali wins it will be a party. But if I win, it will be a greater party!”

FIFA is currently in the process of electing a successor to Sepp Blatter, who resigned the presidency, a role he had held since 1998, with an announcement due this afternoon.

South African businessman Sexwale left the election before the first round of voting, leaving Prince Ali, Sheikh Salman, Jerome Champagne and Gianni Infantino on the ballot.

Sexwale, the final candidate to give his 15-minute pre-election speech, used the platform to confirm his withdrawal from the race.

 

Aisha JM