Two Africans are in the final list of seven contestants officially announced by FIFA on Wednesday to take part in the body’s presidential polls fixed for February 26 next year.
The two candidates flying African’s flag are Tokyo Sexwale from South Africa and Musa Bility from Liberia.
Those also confirmed to be in the race to become the world’s number one football citizen are Prince Ali, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Michel Platini, and Sheikh Salman.
It was gathered that former Trinidad and Tobago international David Nakhid who confirmed his intention to run for the presidency on Monday failed to receive the required backing from five member associations.
On his part, UEFA president Platini remains in the running, but FIFA will only consider the Frenchman’s bid if his current suspension is lifted before the election takes place.
A statement from FIFA read: “FIFA’s member associations have proposed, in due time and form, seven candidates for the presidential election to take place at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on February 26, 2016.
“Given that Michel Platini is currently provisionally banned from taking part in any football-related activity, his candidature will not be processed by the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee as long as such ban is valid and in force.
“Should such a ban be lifted or expire before the FIFA presidential election, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee would decide, depending on the respective exact point in time, on how to proceed with the candidature concerned.”
Blatter has been at the helm of affairs for 17-years and a breath of fresh air is now knocking on the doors with the list of Presidential candidates now confirmed.