FIFA candidates push for African support

FIFA presidential candidates intensify campaign for support in Africa ahead of upcoming elections

Photo by: AP
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FIFA presidential candidate Jordanian Prince Ali Al Hussein speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Friday, December 4, 2015

FIFA presidential candidates are making a late push for support in Africa, the confederation with the largest number of votes in this month's election to choose the next head of world soccer.

The Confederation of African Football is holding an executive committee meeting at a hotel in Kigali, and may follow that with a public pledge of support for one of the five men hoping to succeed Sepp Blatter on February 26.

Four candidates, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale, are in Kigali to campaign. Prince Ali of Jordan is expected to arrive later Friday.

CAF has 54 voting member associations, one more than UEFA, and represents a crucial bloc. CAF has so far not publicly backed any candidate.

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