Fifa election: Sexwale faces stiff competition

Delegates from more than 200 countries will today vote for a new president to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Tokyo Sexwale leaves the CONCACAF Extraordinary Congress at the Renaissance hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, 25 February 2016. Picture: EPA/Patrick B. Kraemer.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale will know later today whether he'll be be voted on to replace Sepp Blatter as the new Fifa president.

As Africa's only candidate to take over world football's most powerful position, Sexwale is being given little chance of doing so, if the world's media is to be believed.

The special election comes amidst the greatest scandal to hit the game, with widespread arrests following criminal investigations in USA and Europe, as the sport's been torn apart.

It's been widely claimed as the sport's opportunity to finally clean itself up.

Sexwale hasn't managed to secure the public vote of his own federation, South African Football Association, and the continental body Confederation of African Football have also looked elsewhere as they yesterday unanimously agreed again, to back Bahrain's Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa.

He will face stiff competition from Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, former French diplomat Jerome Champagne and a man who's spent five months lobbying for support and has some of the game's biggest names in his pocket - Gianni Infantino, the secretary-general of Uefa, who replaced Michel Platini as a candidate.

In light of recent scandal, all are running on a ticket of reform.

Sexwale is clear on what needs to be done.

"Fifa is a broken house, football is not broken. I've been with Fifa for the past 11 years and we need to repair the damage done to the body."

Today's congress takes place at the Hallenstadion in Zurich with the result to be declared this evening.