Rwanda to vote for Sheikh Salman in the hotly contested FIFA Elections
Rwanda is not ready to go against the CAF resolution that seeks African representative to vote for Bahrain billionaire Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa.
The Rwanda Football Federation president Vincent Nzamwita and Executive Committee member in charge of Marketing Patrick Lubega Kagabo arrived in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday to attend the congress that will replace banned and disgraced Sepp Blatter.
There are claims that lobbyists have already offered and transmitted grants to national associations to vote for the Bahrain man, but his team strenuously denied the allegations
Ferwafa chairman, Nzamwita said, â€œWe are part of the African Football family under CAF and we shall follow what the continental mother body has advised.
The worldâ€™s media have continued to underscore Sheikh Salman bin al-Khalifa from Bahrain and Italian-Swiss Gianni Infantino as favourites ahead of South African Tokyo Sexwale, Frenchman Jerome Champagne and Prince Ali bin al-Hussein from Jordan.
Al-Khalifa, 50, appears in good stead after securing the backing of the Confederation of African Football, whose supremo, Issa Hayatou, is acting FIFA president. Al-Khalifa will also expect total support from the Asian confederation, which he heads.
However, Infantino, 45, expects support from the European bloc, and sympathy from a few other places. The youngest of the quintet is 40-year old Prince al-Hussein, who secured over 70 votes in a clash with former president Blatter last summer before opting out of a second ballot.
The oldest is former South African anti-apartheid campaigner and Government Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, but the 62 â€“year old, having failed to secure his own confederationâ€™s backing, is making himself open to â€˜alliancesâ€™.
Former FIFA deputy secretary general Jerome Champagne, 57, stormed out of the CAF meeting in Kigali last month after the African chiefs opted to back Salman al-Khalifa.