What sealed Tokyo’s fate

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Ac­cord­ing to a CAF ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber in Ki­gali, Sexwale’s cam­paign was “nonex­is­tent”.

CAF told him that be­cause of his poor cam­paign strat­egy, it did not know what he stood for and it did not think he had Africa’s agenda at heart.

His trav­els to the US, Europe and the United Arab Emi­rates in­stead of Africa made the con­ti­nent see red.

He is the only can­di­date not to have mounted a full-time cam­paign.

His big­gest er­ror was when he snubbed Africa’s foot­ball awards in Abuja, Nige­ria, go­ing in­stead to the Bal­lon d’Or cer­e­mony in Zurich.

He also skipped the West African Foot­ball Union Congress in Ac­cra, Ghana, a meet­ing at­tended by the other Fifa pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, some­thing that par­tic­u­larly ir­ri­tated Africa’s most pow­er­ful bloc.

As emo­tions cool about CAF’s de­ci­sion, in­stead of be­moan­ing the slight on the sole African rep­re­sen­ta­tive, one might point a fin­ger at the for­mer anti-apartheid stal­wart’s cam­paign strat­egy as the thing that ul­ti­mately put paid to any chance of him as­cend­ing to one of the most pow­er­ful po­si­tions in the world.

Sexwale was ap­par­ently told by a Safa emer­gency com­mit­tee on Tues­day to with­draw his “hope­less can­di­da­ture” to avoid the em­bar­rass­ment of be­ing snubbed by CAF.

But he re­fused.

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