Johannesburg - South African businessman and
former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is to run for the presidency of world
soccer's governing body FIFA, a spokesperson said on Saturday.
Sexwale, who confirmed his
candidacy two days before the deadline for registrations, is the fifth
candidate to declare that he will bid to replace the outgoing Sepp Blatter in
the February 26 election.
"He is South Africa's
candidate and we hope he will be all of Africa's candidate," spokesman Peter
Paul Ngwenya told Reuters.
The South African Football
Association (SAFA) said on Twitter that it fully supported Sexwale's bid.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of
Jordan, former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder David Nakhid, ex-FIFA official
Jerome Champagne and Michel Platini, president of European soccer's ruling body
UEFA, also say they have submitted nominations.
Platini's chances are slim
because he is currently suspended, along with Swiss Blatter, pending an FIFA
ethics investigation into a two million Swiss francs ($2.04m) payment by
soccer's ruling body to the former France midfielder in 2011.
The suspensions of Blatter
and Platini earlier this month were the latest twists in FIFA's worst crisis in
its 111-year history.
Swiss authorities are also investigating
the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar
respectively while the US Department of Justice has indicted 14 soccer
officials and sports marketing executives on a series of corruption charges.