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First Round of FIFA Vote Over, S’Africa’s Tokyo Withdraws

fifa voteAs the world football governing body, FIFA is expected to have a new president in replacement of the embattled Sepp Blatter, the first round of the vote has been concluded and the ballot boxes are open and the officials are now counting the votes in the race to see whose head fit the crown
According to rules of the soccer, to win in the first round a candidate has to get 138 votes (two-thirds of the votes cast).
There are now four men vying for the job after South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale dropped out of the race.
Tokyo announced that he is suspending his race to become president of Fifa abourt five minutes to the commencement of the vote.
With Tokyo’s withdrawal, left contending the the post are HRH Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jérôme Champagne, Gianni Infantino
Making his speech, which was supposed to be his last pitch for votes, Tokyo said he is leaving the field to the other four candidates.
Before pulling out of the race to become Fifa’s president Tokyo Sexwale made a heartfelt speech about what he wanted to see happen in football.
He had a strong anti-racist message:
“There is no football if there is racism in the world.”
He also called for child footballers to be protected from trafficking and as well pleaded for the development of facilities:
We need to change fields from brown patches to green pitches.”
And he got a big laugh from the Fifa delegates when he said that while there would be a party if any of the candidates won, he would have the biggest party.
It was recalled that On 9 November 2015, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee admitted and declared five candidates eligible to stand for election to the office of FIFA President. The election will take place at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on 26 February 2016.

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