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KIGALI, Rwanda---Sheikh Salman's bid to succeed
Sepp Blatter got a major boost yesterday when
the African soccer confederation announced it
was backing the Bahraini royal for FIFA pres-
Following a meeting of its executive committee
in Rwanda, the Confederation of African Football
said it would "fully support" the Asian soccer
The decision significantly improved Salman's
hopes of replacing Blatter as the head of the
scandal-scarred soccer body. Salman and UEFA
secretary general Gianni Infantino are seen as
the strongest candidates to win the February 26
The biggest continental grouping among the
209 voting members is Africa with 54.
Both Salman and Infantino are expected to get
good support from their home continents, Asia
and Europe, respectively. But Africa is seen as
the bloc that could clinch the vote for one of
The announcement was made by CAF vice
presidents Suketu Patel and Almamy Kabele
Camara at a news conference that lasted about
a minute in a five-star hotel in Kigali, where the
CAF executive committee had met earlier Fri-
Patel and Camara then left without taking
questions, while executive committee members
Leo Tenga of Tanzania and Kalusha Bwalya of
Zambia declined to comment to The Associated
Although CAF executives declared their support
for Sheikh Salman, there is nothing compelling
African countries to vote for him. However, many
are expected to follow CAF's recommendation.
Infantino, who campaigned widely in Africa
late last year, said he was still confident that
African countries would vote for him.
"I have received a lot of individual support and
the discussions that I have had with African asso-
ciations make me confident that I have a chance
to win," Infantino said. "I am optimistic because
I speak with the people and it's not the CAF
executive that will decide the individual votes."
By backing Salman, CAF also turned its back
on the only African candidate in the five-man
field, South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale.
Sexwale, a mining tycoon and former political
prisoner during apartheid who was jailed alongside
Nelson Mandela, had already been under pressure
for a lackluster campaign. It was speculated he
might withdraw if he was snubbed by his home
continent, but he denied that yesterday, saying
he would "stay in the race until election day."
"There are no elections in Kigali," Sexwale
said. "What we have seen is the assembly of the
CAF executive who have made a recommenda-
tion. There are 54 federations in Africa that will
make the decision to vote and not CAF."
The other candidates in the FIFA election are
Prince Ali of Jordan and former FIFA executive
Jerome Champagne of France.
Salman, Infantino, Sexwale and Champagne
were all in Rwanda to campaign. Prince Ali had
decided against traveling, his campaign team
Interim FIFA President Issa Hayatou, who is
also the president of CAF, attended the meeting
in Rwanda but had previously delegated the
region's FIFA election responsibilities to the two
African vice presidents.
However, Hayatou, the longtime head of African
soccer, had hinted in an interview with French
newspaper L'Equipe on Thursday that CAF would
African confederation backs
Sheikh Salman in FIFA election
back Salman and ignore Sexwale.
"If we decide to support Salman,
is it a crime? Who can prevent us
from doing this?" Hayatou was
quoted as saying.
CAF's move was also bound to
bring more scrutiny on a co-oper-
ation agreement signed last month
between the AFC and CAF. The
agreement---a month before the elec-
tion---was criticised by Prince Ali,
who accused Salman of trying to
engineer a bloc of African votes in
his favor against election rules.
Prince Ali asked FIFA to investi-
Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh
Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa leaves the AFC
Congress in Manama, Bahrain. AP PHOTO
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