KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Three members have pulled out of the race to
represent Africa in the Federation of International Football
Association (FIFA) Council.
In a statement by
the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to member
associations on Tuesday, South African FA president Daniel
Alexander Jordan together with Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia) and
Chabur Goc Alei (South Sudan) have had their nominations
withdrawn by the respective member associations.
The letter that
Xinhua saw at the Uganda FA signed by CAF general secretary,
Hicham El Amrani and copied to executive committee members of
CAF, FIFA and CAF zonal unions also mentioned the members who
are eligible to stand for FIFA Council positions after
Ahead of the CAF
Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 16, the CAF letter
said, “Following the communication sent by FIFA yesterday March
6, please note that the FIFA governance committee in conformity
with article 27-5 d of the governance regulations, and following
the eligibility checks conducted, confirmed the eligibility of
the following candidates; Issa Hayatou, Ahmad Ahamd, Cosntant
Omari Selemani, Lydia Nsekera, Kwesi Nyatakyi, Leodegar Tenga,
Almamy Kabele Camara, Hany Abo Rida, Tarek Bouchamaoui and
Augustin Sidy Diallo.
Tenga, long serving president of Cecafa will now battle for the
Anglophone category representative slot with Ghana’s FA
President Kwesi Nyantakyi. With the withdrawal of Chabur and
Jordan, Almary Kabele Camara and Lydia Nsekera are already
through. But CAF will have to decide on how they will fill the
third slot. Uganda’s FA president Moses Magogo is also
contesting to be a CAF executive member.
Africa has seven
places on the FIFA Council, which has been renamed and expanded
since Gianni Infantino came to power one year ago.