Africa solid behind Blatter

African countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s Fifa elections, senior officials said yesterday.

“The continent is united behind him,” former SA Football Association president Molefi Oliphant said. He still serves on the CAF executive.

Blatter faces four challengers in his bid for re-election on May 29, when he seeks a fifth term as president that will take him past his 80th birthday.

Dutch football association president Michael van Praag announced on Monday his intention to run following similar moves by former Fifa deputy secretary general Jerome Champagne and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Former France international David Ginola is also standing in what is widely seen as a publicity stunt.

But Blatter’s opponents are likely to get little support from the 53 African voters.

– Reuters

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