Sexwale unfazed by lack of support from CAF

Sexwale was also under pressure to withdraw from the race but he’s stressed his intention to forge ahead.

Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale spoke at a media briefing in Sandton on 19 December 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale has sent out a strong message that his Fifa presidential aspirations have not been reduced to tatters, following Confederation of African Football (CAF)'s decision to not back him.

The continental federation executive committee announced yesterday that they will be supporting Bahrain's Shekh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-khalifa, in the elections later this month.

Sexwale was also under pressure to withdraw from the race but he's stressed his intention to forge ahead with his campaign.

He was further dealt a serious blow after the South African Football Association refused to back him.

Sexwale is not going anywhere, the 62 year old has made it clear that he will continue his bid to become the next president of world football.

The former politician admitted that losing CAF's endorsement for the Fifa presidency was a setback to his campaign but that it does not define the outcome of the election in Zurich.

Sexwale's campaign manager Peter-Paul Ngwenya said the African Member Associations have the last say.

"The people who vote are the national associations and CAF can't dictate to them what to do, they can only recommend."

The fate of Shekh Salman Khalifa, Sexwale and three other candidates will be decided 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.