Sexwale's Fifa dream dealt a hard blow

Caf today announced it would be backing Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale.Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Fifa presidential-hopeful Tokyo Sexwale will now enter the elections to head the world soccer body without the support of the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Caf has announced it's supporting Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

The African football federation made the announcement this afternoon following the executive committee's meeting in Kigali.

It's decision has severely dented Sexwale aspirations to lead Fifa as he is yet to receive the backing of any federation.

The businessman has come under heavy pressure to withdraw from the race, with the South African Football Association (Safa) also not giving its support.

The Fifa presidential election takes place on 26 February, with the next leader set to take over from disgraced outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter is being investigated for a number irregularities and was banned from football for eight years a few months ago.