Sports News of Friday, 15 January 2016
Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has mocked FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale, saying the South African lacks the requisite to lead the world governing the body.
Sexwale n apartheid-era political prisoner turned multimillionaire mining tycoon has joined the race to be Fifa president
The 62-year-old was in Accra to canvass votes from members of the West Africa Football Union zone B.
But the Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has dismissed any chances of the ex-prisoner, saying ‘sleeping in the same prison room with Nelson Mandela is not enough to win the FIFA presidency’.
“We have listened to all the candidates and we know what each of them is bringing on board and who shares our vision,” he told Accra-based Happy FM
“You can read from them that some are very serious about their bid and others are just walking through..just like Tokyo Sexwale”.
“For Sexwale, he came to one of our executive committee meetings at CAF and all his campaign messages were that; I was the rugby secretary at Robin Island, I was the chairman of the football team at Robin Island, I slept in the same hotel room with (Nelson) Mandela at the Robin Island and so on”,
“But it is funny because those things are not enough to win you the FIFA presidency”
“As for Sexwale, I can say I’m even experienced and competent than him.”
Sexwale’s varied credentials include being a current Fifa anti-racism adviser, a former prisoner on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, and the previous host of South Africa’s version of The Apprentice television show.
He is also a hugely successful businessman with interests in the mining and energy sectors, and whose wealth has been estimated at £130m.