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FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale traveling to Egypt to seek African support

FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will travel to Cairo on Tuesday to seek support from African soccer leaders.

Sexwale, a South African mining tycoon and former political prisoner, says he will fly to Egypt after an invitation from African soccer confederation president Issa Hayatou. The confederation's executive committee is holding a two-day meeting in Cairo.

Sexwale said he met with Hayatou — currently the interim FIFA president — in Zurich last week.

Sexwale is one of eight men hoping to stand in next year's emergency election to replace Sepp Blatter. The 54 votes from African countries — FIFA's largest confederation — could prove decisive.

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Imray reported from Somerset West, South Africa.