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African football won't support Bility's FIFA president bid

African football leaders won't support FIFA presidential bid by Liberia's Bility

African football won't support Bility's FIFA president bid

CAIRO (AP) -- FIFA presidential hopeful Musa Bility of Liberia has failed to get the support of his fellow African football leaders.

The Confederation of African Football said its executive committee heard Bility's campaign pitch at a meeting on Thursday and decided against supporting him to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Bility was rejected unanimously after a meeting "full of sincerity and warmth" and having been wished good luck, CAF said in a statement.

The Liberia football federation declared his intentions on June 18 without apparent encouragement from CAF President Issa Hayatou.

"If Africa doesn't put up a candidate it says a lot about us," Bility said then.

The CAF statement, which was issued after an executive meeting in Cairo, made no mention of possible contenders from Africa or elsewhere it might support.

Hayatou, the FIFA senior vice president from Cameroon, lost to Blatter in 2002 and has not suggested he would run again in the Feb. 26 ballot.

South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, a member of FIFA's discrimination task force, has been tipped as a possible candidate. Sexwale was promoted by Blatter in May to broker better relations between the Israeli and Palestinian football bodies.

CAF said Thursday that its executive committee wants time to study all options.

The panel will next meet on Oct. 27, the day after FIFA's deadline for applications. Contenders need to be nominated by five of FIFA's 209 member federations to be considered as candidates.

Regarding FIFA reforms, the African body nominated its two members of an 11-strong task force Blatter announced would oversee proposed changes to help rebuild the scandal-hit governing body's reputation.

The nominees, Hany Abo Rida of Egypt and Constant Omari of Congo, are both members of FIFA's much-discredited executive committee.

Their selection is unlikely to impress World Cup sponsors such as Coca-Cola and Visa which have asked FIFA to appoint a truly independent reform commission with "eminent" leaders from outside football.

Updated : 2021-09-29 00:40 GMT+08:00