Tokyo Sexwale to Replace Sepp Blatter
Tokyo Sexwale to Replace Sepp Blatter in 2016 FIFA presidential Race – South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale’s name was this week thrown into the hat by sections of the European media as a possible candidate to Replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president on February 26. A few highly placed sources contacted by City Press confided that Sexwale’s name might have been thrown in as a decoy to deflect attention from serious contenders.
They said Europe has had a stranglehold on the organization since its formation in 1904. With Africa being as divided as it was in 2004, when none of the four continental representatives voted for South Africa to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the sources said it would be quite difficult for “an outsider” to come in.
“Unless members from the developing world can unite and say, ‘We are tired of being bullied and dictated to by Europe’ the status quo will continue,” said one source
Before this, names that had been bandied about were those of Uefa president Michel Platini, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan who failed in a bid to replace Blatter in May, Portuguese football legend Luís Figo, former Fifa deputy secretary-general Jerome Champagne, Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility and former Brazil international Zico.
Tokyo Sexwale Sporting details
- Sexwale was recently appointed by Fifa to lead a monitoring committee to oversee issues affecting the development of football in Palestine.
- Sexwale is expected to work with representatives from Israel and Palestine to address issues that will lead to an understanding between the two football organizations.
- He has recently shifted his focus from South African politics to his newly founded Global Watch: Say No to Racism-Discrimination in all Sport, a joint venture with the Nelson Mandela and Qatari foundations.
- He also serves on Fifa’s media committee and the global task force against racism and discrimination.
- Sexwale was a member of the SA 2006 Fifa World Cup bid committee, the 2010 version and the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organizing Committee.
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