FIFA’s Presidential candidates stumped for European football leaders one final time Thursday (25 February) before holds what many consider the most important election in the world governing football body’s history.
FIFA’s member associations on Friday (26 February) will vote in a new president to replace former leader Sepp Blatter, who was banned by FIFA last year. Over the last nine months, nearly 30 football leaders from around the world have been indicted in the global corruption probe in the sport.
Now, the candidates are running on platforms of reform and change.
“Safe to say that tomorrow one of us will be elected as president,” said candidate Tokyo Sexwale, who spoke in the Cayman Islands in 2013 as part of the CONCACAF Summit. “If not myself, I’ll serve with the others and I’ve said to my country, if any of these gentlemen who are a part of what I stand for are elected… if they elect Gianni (Infantino), for me it’s a party. They elect Ali it’s a party, we come from there. They elect whoever it’s a party. If I’m elected it’s even a better party of course, of course. But I’m prepared to work with whoever is elected because I didn’t come here for power or for gold or for finance. I came here to help FIFA. I’ve been with FIFA for 11 years and I think the time has come for us through democracy, governance, international best practice to fix up the house of FIFA, the house of football. And UEFA has got a very strong role to play in that regard.”