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GENEVA---Aiming to end Fifa s "night-
mare," former Robben Island inmate and
presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale trav-
elled to Egypt yesterday to campaign for
support from African football leaders.
Africa s 54 votes---the largest confeder-
ation in Fifa---is critical to the South African
mining tycoon s chances of replacing Sepp
Blatter as Fifa president.
Sexwale, a former apartheid-era political
prisoner alongside Nelson Mandela, will
make a presentation to African football
executives on the second day of their two-
day meeting in Cairo today.
The multi-millionaire businessman was
making the campaign trip following an
invitation from African soccer confederation
president Issa Hayatou---the interim Fifa
"I briefed him about my candidacy,"
Sexwale said of his meeting last week with
Hayatou in Zurich. "He said, Fine. You are
free to come and make your presentation. "
Sexwale is one of eight men to submit
papers by Monday s deadline to stand in
the emergency Fifa presidential election on
February 26. The others are: UEFA President
Michel Platini; Platini s right-hand man,
Gianni Infantino; Asian soccer confederation
president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al
Khalifa; Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan; former
Fifa official Jerome Champagne; Liberian soccer offi-
cial Musa Bility; and David Nakhid, a former player
Contenders must be nominated by at least five
national associations and show an active role in
soccer in two of the last five years. Candidates will
also face ethics checks.
Fifa was validating the nomination papers yesterday.
Ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely will oversee the
integrity checks and then send the files to the ad-
hoc election committee chaired by Domenico Scala,
who will release an official candidate list next month.
The 62-year-old Sexwale, a current Fifa anti-
racism adviser who was appointed by Blatter to also
mediate between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer
bodies, said at a Johannesburg news conference that
the situation at Fifa was "beyond worrying."
"It s a nightmare now," Sexwale said, referring to
corruption probes by US and Swiss authorities that
initially prompted Blatter s resignation, and the later
Fifa ethics investigation that led to the suspensions
of Blatter and Platini.
"They are now calling it the biggest criminal organ-
ization in the world," Sexwale said. "What has been
broken in Fifa is the inability to follow the money.
Follow the money. It s got traces. It s got finger-
Sexwale was a member of the bid and the organ-
izing committees for the 2010 World Cup in South
Africa, which has also come under scrutiny in the
American investigation into Fifa corruption. (AP)
FRANKFURT---In a political feud that could tarnish
the reputation of Franz Beckenbauer, the former
president of the German soccer federation has
accused 2006 World Cup officials of knowing about
a questionable payment to Fifa as early as 2002.
Theo Zwanziger said yesterday in a statement that
his successor, current German federation president
Wolfgang Niersbach, was aware of a 6.7 million euro
($7.38 million) payment to Fifa years earlier than pre-
viously thought. Zwanziger has called the payment
a slush fund used to buy votes.
"It was not a solo thing by Franz Beckenbauer, the
top officials of the organising committee were aware
of it, Wolfgang Niersbach, Horst R Schmidt and Fedor
Radmann," Zwanziger said in a statement through his
All three were top officials in the body at the time.
Niersbach has said he first heard of the payment
this year and learned the details only last week from
Beckenbauer, the former German great who was the
president of the 2006 organising committee. He said
Beckenbauer had reached the private deal with Fifa
President Sepp Blatter.
Blatter, now suspended by the Fifa ethics committee
from a different investigation, and Fifa have denied
any knowledge of the agreement, while Beckenbauer
said Monday it had been his mistake to go through
Niersbach, who took over from Zwanziger in 2012
and was previously an official with the World Cup
organising committee, has denied any wrongdoing
and says the payment to Fifa was in exchange for a
financial grant worth 250 million Swiss francs (about
A law firm tasked by the German football federation
to investigate the affair said yesterday it could be
weeks before it finishes its work.
At the same time, the federation said Niersbach
would not testify before the parliament s sports com-
mittee until the investigation is closed.
In a separate development related to the Fifa cor-
ruption scandal, fraud investigators in Britain said
they are looking for evidence of money laundering
linked to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding con-
knew about payment
Former Robben Island inmate heads to Egypt to seek support
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