First on EWN: CAF snub of Sexwale was a killer blow - Jordaan

Safa president Danny Jordaan says Sexwale failed to win CAF over at an executive meeting.

Tokyo Sexwale. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The president of South African Football Association (Safa), Danny Jordaan, has told EWN Sport that the decision by continental body Confederation of African Football (CAF) not to back the only candidate from Africa in the race for the Fifa presidency, Tokyo Sexwale, was the killer blow to any hopes that he had of succeeding Sepp Blatter.

Jordaan didn't travel to last week's Fifa congress where Gianni Infantino was elected as president.

CEO Dennis Mumble and national executive council member Natascha Tschiclas attended instead as Jordaan said that he had urgent duties to fulfill in his role as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Jordaan said that CAF's decision to back Sheikh Salman of Bahrain instead was a unified one after Sexwale failed to win them over at an executive meeting of the body in the run-up to the election.

"I was at the CAF meeting in Kigali, Rwanda where Tokyo was present. He had a meeting with the CAF executive and I think that there are things that they put to him there as to why they found it difficult to support him and I think when we left Kigali it was clear that CAF was not going to support him.

"Jerome Champagne had no endorsement from any continent and so did Prince Ali and Tokyo, so it was always going to be tough for those candidates who must compete against candidates who actually have two continents endorsing them. I think we then understand that it was going to be difficult for Tokyo."

Jordaan highlighted that the new president has an uphill task with reform, finances and also the challenge of placating those who supported him in his bid for the presidency but said he must be given time to prove himself in the job.

"The reporting lines are clear, the governance of Fifa is strengthened, transparency has been strengthened, so on the plus side he comes into a new environment for organising, managing and controlling world football but he's a person that has, I think, significant experience to steer Fifa into calmer waters."