Tokyo Sexwale: I will not give up Fifa race

The South African businessman remains optimistic about becoming the next president of Fifa.

Tokyo Sexwale. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale says he will not give up on his bid to become the next president of Fifa.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) snubbed Sexwale last week, opting to throw its weight behind Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa for Fifa president, when voting takes place on the 26 February.

The businessman, and former minister, says the South African Football Association (Safa) is united behind him.

However, the association is yet to publicly commit its support for the 62-year-old South African businessman, and former minister, since announcing his candidacy in October.

"Safa is the one that nominated me at a meeting at the OR Tambo International Airport. I never announced myself; they all called me and we had the press conference. People want to forget that press conference [which] was addressed by Danny Jordaan."

Sexwale says rumours that he didn't campaign enough are an effort to discredit him.

"These are just talk and rumours by people who had hoped that I'd clear the way and I won't for a particular candidate that they have chosen. It's all a game."

He is confident that he still stands a chance to take over as the new leader of the world football governing body later this month.

His campaign manager, Peter Paul Ngwenya, says they will forge ahead the day of the elections.

Yesterday, Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said he would still support Sexwale.

Mbalula said in a statement that while he respected Caf's decision, he would continue backing Sexwale's presidency bid, despite him being the only candidate from the continent.