Amid reports in the media that the South African Football Association didn’t back Tokyo Sexwale’s drive to become the next president of Fifa, the SA association has stepped up to set the record straight.
Sexwale infamously stepped down from the voting process, suspending his nomination as one of the five contenders for the crown. Gianni Infantino has become the new president since then.
“For starters, it was Safa that endorsed the Tokyo Sexwale candidacy and helped him garner the five countries required to enter the race for the FIFA Presidency,” Safa Head of Communications Dominic Chimhavi told Kick Off.
“On top of that, Mr Sexwale himself has never doubted the support given to him by SAFA except for certain individuals who have a self-serving agenda.
“SAFA provided him with every resource that he needed from international affairs, media and any other needs and most of these worked throughout the festive season to provide Mr Sexwale with the support he needed. That is a fact never in doubt!
“So talk that SAFA didn’t support Mr Sexwale is laughable and being perpetuated by those not in the know. We gave him all the support he needed.”
CEO Dennis Mumble and NEC member Anastacia Tsiclas were present at the voting system in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday.