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.


Imray reported from Somerset West, South Africa.