‘Minister Razzmatazz’ backs Sexwale’s Fifa presidency campaign

Mbalula says he respects CAF’s decision to support Sheikh Salman but he will continue backing Sexwale.

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula says the country still supports Tokyo Sexwale's bid to become the next Fifa president in the upcoming election for the sport's governing body.

The support comes despite African footballing body, Confederation of African Football's (CAF), decision to not support Sexwale but instead throw their weight behind Asian football president Sheikh Salman.

Mbalula says that he respects CAF's decision to support Bahrain's Sheik Salman but has indicated he will continue backing Sexwale's presidency bid, despite him being the only candidate from the continent in the race.

Minister Mbalula said in a statement, "Comrade Tokyo's courage to raise his hand is an act of courage and not disdain. Election campaigns are by their very nature rough and tumble, inevitably robust and fluid. It is to be expected that Tokyo's campaign will take similar twists and turns, high and lows until the white smoke comes off the chimney."

Sepp Blatter's successor is expected to be announced on 26 February when the elections take place at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.