Uefa looks for a contender to stand against Blatter

The member countries of European football governing body Uefa could still find a candidate to run against Sepp Blatter for Fifa president next year, said a leading official.

“I do not rule out that before January 24 [the deadline for candidates] there will be a European candidate,” said German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach.

He was speaking to the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“This possible option is being discussed inside Uefa,” he said.

In August, Uefa president Michel Platini ruled out standing against Blatter, who is aiming to win a fifth term as president when the election takes place on May 29.

Blatter, who has been accused by the European associations of going back on his word not to stand again, faces competition only from former Fifa official Jérôme Champagne, who is considered to have little chance of victory.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, former president of the Chilean Football Association, is considering whether

to stand.

Fifa has recently been censured for its handling of the probe into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

.?Meanwhile, Polokwane City struck twice in the second half to stun Mpumalanga Black Aces with a 2-1 victory in their Absa Premiership clash at Kanyamazane Stadium, outside Nelspruit, yesterday.

The visitors picked up their third consecutive league win, entrenching themselves in a closely contested mid-table battle and bringing an end to Aces’ seven-match unbeaten run.

The hosts had got off to a good start in warm conditions, creating the better chances of the first half.

Abia Nale fired centimetres wide just before the half-hour mark and Lehlohonolo Nonyane’s header crashed against the post shortly afterwards.

Desperate to capitalise on their dominance up front, Aces came close again in the dying stages of the first half, but Polokwane goalkeeper Modiri Marumo produced a superb save to deny Collins Mbesuma.

Hitting back, the visiting side took control shortly after the interval when substitute Thobani Mncwango hit the back of the net to put them in front.

Less than 10 minutes later, Polokwane extended their lead when Puleng Tlolane was set up by Mncwango and banged in their second goal.

Fighting hard in the last 20 minutes, Mbesuma managed to find a consolation goal, but Polokwane retained their advantage until the final whistle to pocket a valuable three points.

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