Johannesburg (AFP) – South Africa's FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale has said he will work to ensure that the eventual winner of the election next month is not one of the two European runners.
Sexwale is seen as an outsider for the post, yet he signalled in an interview that he could swing behind Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa or Jordanian Prince Ali bin al Hussein.
The other two candidates in the February 26 vote to head football's corruption-plagued governing body are Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, & Jerome Champagne from France.
p>"For me, it's not approximately only the presidency," Sexwale told South Africa's Metro FM radio station.
"The main issues for FIFA are accountability & credibility.
"I am focused on making sure that the president of FIFA comes from either Africa or Asia, not Europe."
He moreover raised the possibility of some candidates joining forces before the vote.
"The time for alliances is… coming, & it's healthy, it's democratic & it's good," he said.
"Now we are talking… we are brothers, we are colleagues."
Sexwale, the only African candidate bidding for the job, has been criticised by the South African Football Association (SAFA) for running a lacklustre campaign in the race to replace Sepp Blatter.
Sexwale was an anti-apartheid prisoner with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, & then became a millionaire business tycoon.
He has travelled to Qatar for this weekend's final of the Asian under-23 Football Championship between South Korea & Japan.
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