CAF Endorses Al Khalifa For FIFA President

The Confédération Africaine de Football Executive Committee has endorsed Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, current President of the Asian Football Confederation, and a FIFA Vice as its sole FIFA presidential candidate for the 26 February 2016 elections in Zurich.

The resolution was made during the CAF Executive Committee meeting on 5 February 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, presided over by Suketu Patel, 1st Vice President of CAF and Almamy Kabele Camara, 2nd Vice President of CAF.

  • As concerns the final list of candidates running up for FIFA presidency, made official last January 26 by the Ad hoc Electoral Committee of FIFA;
  • Considering the arguments raised by the different candidates when they showed up before the Executive Committee of CAF, and following the different discussions they had with the members of the same Committee;
  • Considering the aspirations, the interests of the 54 member associations of CAF and the importance attached to the development of football in Africa;
  • Considering the profiles of the candidates, their successive managerial and political experiences in leading Sports Association, Football Federations, Confederations and at FIFA;
  • Considering the recent happenings at FIFA and the absolute necessity to implement solid reforms in order to rebuild trust for the world’s umbrella football organisation;
  • Considering the need of FIFA to pursue a globalist vision, and remain an institution that guarantees equilibrium among the continents;    

Decides to offer its unanimous support to candidate, Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, current President of the Asian Football Confederation, and a FIFA Vice President.

While respecting the principle of democracy, the sovereignty, and latitude of each member association to vote for the candidate of its choice, the Executive Committee urges all the 54 member associations of the Confédération Africaine de Football to reserve their votes for Shaikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa during the 26 February 2016 elections for the presidency of FIFA in Zurich.

In conformity to the delegation of power signed by CAF President, Issa Hayatou, on the 16 of January 2016, the 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents of CAF, within the scope of FIFA’s electoral process, are in charge of upholding relations among CAF, its member associations, and the other Confederations, and the incumbent responsibility to follow-up, for the ultimate benefit of African football and global football.

The CAF Executive Committee, during it meeting, also noted the withdrawal of Mr. Tokyo Sexwale from the race for FIFA presidency in order to support the interests and unity of African football.


Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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