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Sexwale asked to explain lacklustre Fifa campaign

Sexwale's association to Mandela offered few ideas on how to change the corruption-haunted Fifa.

Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale spoke at a media briefing in Sandton on 19 December 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - Tokyo Sexwale is a former political prisoner jailed alongside Nelson Mandela and served as Premier of Gauteng province, South Africa’s economic heartland, and later as a cabinet minister in South Africa. He also proved successful in mining and other businesses.

His association with Mandela has failed to earn him credibility with Fifa member associations, however, and his election manifesto, which offered few ideas on how to change the corruption-haunted Fifa, did him no favours either.

Its main point was an offer to lift a ban on sponsorship appearing on national team shirts to allow associations to increase revenue.

Sexwale, invited to serve on Fifa’s anti-racism and anti-discrimination committee by Sepp Blatter, was a member of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup organising committee.

Earlier this month he expressed his support for the now banned Fifa president.

“I feel very sorry for (Blatter). I don’t say he was a friend but he is a friend... Blatter’s work is a monument that stands for itself,” Sexwale told reporters.

Frenchman Jerome Champagne and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan are the other Fifa presidential candidates.

WATCH:Champagne vows ro restore Fifa’s integrity

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