It’s not too late to save Tokyo’s bid

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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

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