It’s not too late to save Tokyo’s bid
MK Malefane via email Our “Tokyo Sexwale (Africa) for Fifa Presidency” Campaign proposal that Safa copied never received any response from Mr Sexwale and his team despite our several follow-ups.
It is disturbing, from reading the news, to learn of Safa’s concern that Mr Sexwale’s bid campaign may have left much to be desired and that they summoned him for an explanation.
Right now, should he fail, and depending on the level and margin, it will be a serious indictment not only of Safa and South Africa, but of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and all of Africa, indeed of all people of African descent worldwide.
It will reverse the minimum gains of the successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup, not to mention the return on investment yet to be realised by South Africa for its spending on the tournament. A successful Fifa presidency bid would have been one such benefit.
With no time and luxury for finger pointing, we should all, Safa and CAF in particular, take collective responsibility. The last few weeks to elections should be dedicated to mounting a last-minute continental and international support campaign for Sexwale’s bid.
Such a campaign should be designed and built around the role of football in the advancement of African development and the international relations and cooperation agenda.
The proposal therefore is for Safa to project-lead this campaign, which I will design and implement with a team according to an action plan.
Malefane is chairman (acting) of African arts and culture organisation Festac’s international organising