What sealed Tokyo’s fate
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.