New era for world football begins today

The era of former president Sepp Blatter should officially end as voting takes place this afternoon.

Tokyo Sexwale (R) of South Africa, candidate for Fifa President, speaks to Prince Ali al-Hussein (L), of Jordan, another candidate for the FifaPresidency, and Gianni Infantino (C), of Switzerland, co-candidate for the post, during the Extraordinary Fifa Congress 2016 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, 26 February 2016. Picture: EPA/Ennio Leanza.

JOHANNESBURG - Today marks a new era for world football, with a new Fifa president to be elected.

An extraordinary conference is underway in Zurich.

Despite receiving very little support, Tokyo Sexwale has not withdrawn from the race against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino and Jerome Champagne.

The era of disgraced former president Sepp Blatter should officially end today as five candidates will stand to be elected as the new president of Fifa.

Sexwale failed to secure the backing of both the South African football Association (Safa) and the African footballing body the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Acting president Issa Hayatou opened the congress, describing it as a very important chapter in the world of football, adding the entire world has its eyes on Fifa today.

He described the primary goal as restoring trust in the association, saying a new, stronger governing body has to be built.

The voting takes place this afternoon.