x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Setback for Hammam as Africa goes for Blatter in Fifa vote

CAF pledges support to make it four of six confederations in the incumbent predident's favour.


JOHANNESBURG // The African football body has formally endorsed Sepp Blatter for another four-year term at the helm of Fifa, delivering a severe blow to the hopes of his Qatari challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said its executive committee, at a meeting in Cairo on Monday, had held a secret ballot and passed a motion to support Blatter in the Zurich election on June 1.

"Following a secret ballot, the CAF executive committee voted in the majority to support the incumbent," a brief statement from Cairo said.

The 75-year-old Swiss has now secured the backing of four of the six confederations that make up worldfootball's governing body.