Tokyo Sexwale financing his own Fifa presidency campaign

The 62-year-old says he still remains confident of his campaign despite being dealt a blow by Caf.

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

JOHANNESBURG - South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale has confirmed that he has financed his own campaign in a bid to become the next Fifa president.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive committee dealt Sexwale's bid to become world football's next boss a massive blow when they announced they will be supporting Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of Bahrain, when voting takes place on the 26 February.

The 62-year-old says he will not be stepping aside and is confident of his campaign so far.

Sexwale says the Fifa ethics committee has asked about funding to all candidates.

"Tokyo Sexwale finances Tokyo Sexwale full stop. Nobody helps me with finances and Fifa wants to know… A letter is sent by the ethics committee to ask who is funding you. All of us had to declare who is funding us."

Meanwhile, 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 since announcing his candidacy in October.

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

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