• CAF to support Blatter at FIFA elections

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May 17, 2011-

The Confederation of African Football will support the incumbent Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election that will take place in Zurich on June 1,2011.

The CAF Executive Committee voted in majority in a secret ballot at a meeting held in Cairo on Monday to support the Swiss against his Qatari rival Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Hammam is the President of the Asian Football Confederation.

CAF is now the fourth region to declare its support for Blatter who is seeking re-election for a fourth term, following Europe, South America and Oceania.

FIFA has 208 member associations who hold one vote each at the presidential election with Africa contributing 53 members. 

The endorsement by CAF is a big blow the Qatari who spent about two weeks in Africa last April seeking support for his bid and even promised to double the annual grant to meber nations to US$500,000 yearly. 

The Cairo meeting also ratified the nomination of Suketu Patel, from Seychelles, as first Vice President of CAF and M. Almamy Kabele of Guinea ,  as second Vice President.

The nomination, unanimously approved, was made by the CAF President Issa Hayatou.  The two previous Vice-presidents are General Seyi Memene who had reached CAF retirement age and Molefi Oliphant OIG, who did not contest CAF Executive Committee election held in February 2011.


 Evelyn Watta

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