Prince Ali in search of African votes
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has travelled to Africa as he looks to dislodge Sepp Blatter’s reign.
Prince Ali is one of three challengers looking to take Blatter’s job as FIFA president, and has told BBC Sport he is looking for “support from all of Africa”, with the continent making up 54 of the 209 FIFA countries that will vote in the elections.
The 39-year-old travelled to Zimbabwe on Monday as he looks to build up support ahead of May 29’s elections, knowing that Africa holds Blatter in high regard after the awarding of 2010’s World Cup to South Africa.
Prince Ali stated: “I also come from a country and a region developing at football so my project is to develop talent and take it to world class level and that is the reason I am in Africa, in particular, and why I am running to be FIFA president.”
As he continues to try build up support, he will meet with vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube and sports minister Andrew Langa.
Blatter is favourite to retain his job, but Africa could be the deciding factor in removing the 79-year-old from power, having taken leadership in 1998.