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South African, Sexwale Withdraws From FIFA Presidential Race

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South African tycoon Tokyo Sexwale on Friday withdrew from the FIFA presidential campaign just minutes before the first round of voting.

“My campaign is suspended as of now,” the 62-year-old told a FIFA congress at the end of his final lobbying speech.

Sexwale, a former prisoner in an anti-apartheid jail with Nelson Mandela, had conducted a low-key campaign and was always considered an outsider in the five-man contest.

Sexwale said he was prepared to work with any of the four remaining candidates and wanted a president who can get FIFA “out of the morass” it is in because of corruption scandals.

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His withdrawal left Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and Jerome Champagne in the first round of voting.


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