Mixed reaction to possible Sexwale FIFA candidacy

Johannesburg - Former Gauteng premier and businessman Tokyo Sexwale, who is considering a run at the FIFA presidency, has split opinion on social media.

The news, which emerged at the weekend, has seen the reaction on Twitter vary from supportive, to surprised, to scepticism. Some users believed Sexwale was the right man for the job, while others had their doubts as to why Sexwale was running. 

If Sexwale does decide to run, he will not be the only African in the race, as Liberian football association president Musa Bilty has already declared his intention to stand for the position. 

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president Michel Platini is the early front runner in the race to replace Sepp Blatter.

Beyond the Frenchman and Bilty, Chung Mong-joon of South Korea and Brazilian football legend Zico have announced they will contest the February 26 election.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who lost to Blatter in May's election, is also reportedly considering running again.

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