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.
Now Tokyo Sexwale wants to be FIFA President. This man is so ambitious yhoo
— Lonwabo (@LonieK) August 2, 2015
@SakinaKamwendo: Sexwale for FiFA presindency, its an adventure for him | I foresee will not get support from Europeans as Platini is favored
— Cynthia Nkosi (@cynthia__60482) August 3, 2015
Does Sexwale have support of his own FA (SAFA) let alone CAF? Thus where he must start otherwise his just being adventurist. @SakinaKamwendo
— Moe Mathikithela (@Attorney_Tix) August 3, 2015
@SakinaKamwendo As an African I do not underrate Mr Sexwale for FIFA presidency. Go for it Mr Sexwale, surely Africa would uphold you
— Dumisani Nhlengethwa (@Lubanzi_Deepa) August 3, 2015
@MorningLiveSABC did I hear that Tokyo Sexwale wants to be Fifa president, wow, is it not a far fetched thought? Cant be bad to try though!
— @shirley (@STloane) August 3, 2015
Tokyo Sexwale as president of FIFA? You can't make this kind of shit up!
— Peter Terry (@PeterTerry3) August 3, 2015
When has Tokyo Sexwale contested anything and actually won? Serious question.
— Morongwa (@MsLishia) August 3, 2015
Oh jaah nhe Mr Tokyo Sexwale for FiFa president lol eish mzansi Mara
— Lucky Khona Msweli (@Genaromswe) August 3, 2015
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.