Fifa candidates for Cosafa AGM

HARARE - Aspiring Fifa presidents will address the Cosafa Annual general Meeting in Johannesburg on December 19.

The 14 members of Cosafa Angola, Botswana, the Comoros Islands, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be meeting to set the path for the organisation for the coming 12 months.

With newly-elected Zimbabwe Football Association president Philip Chiyangwa on “leave” it is highly likely the country will be represented at the AGM by his vice Omega Sibanda.

“Among the items to be discussed will be preparations for the upcoming Castle Lager Cosafa Cup 2016 that will be staged in Windhoek, Namibia from May 15-29,” Cosafa said in a statement yesterday.

“Also discussed will be Cosafa Women’s Championship, Under-20 and Under-17 junior tournaments, as well as the Cosafa Beach Soccer Championships.

“The AGM will also be attended by Fifa presidential candidates Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale, who made a request to Cosafa to be able to address members.

“This request was accepted so that Cosafa nations may make an informed decision during voting for the next Fifa president in Zurich on February 26, 2016.”

Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, Frenchman Champagne and South African Sexwale will be going against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and Italian Gianni Infantino in the poll to replace Sepp Blatter next February.

France’s Michel Platini will enter the race if he is cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) following his 90-day suspension by the Fifa Ethics Committee.

Platini was the leading candidate to replace Blatter but suffered a huge blow when the Fifa Ethics Committee suspended him together with Blatter on October 8 after details emerged he was clandestinely paid $2 million when he worked as Blatter’s advisor.

Both men deny any wrongdoing.

The European football boss appealed to Cas and the Zurich-based court is expected to announce their ruling today.

Another candidate, who wanted to run for the election is Liberian Football Association head Musa Bility, but his candidature was also thrown out after he failed an integrity test.

Bility has also appealed to Cas and his case is expected to be heard in due course.

The Fifa election was called after the mortified Blatter announced he would be stepping down only three days after winning re-election in June.

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DAVID M KWALELA - 25 February 2016

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