Sunday Times

The executive committee of CAF, the African football confederation, is to meet in Cairo on Thursday to discuss a move to scupper the campaign of Michel Platini, president of Uefa and front runner in the race to take over from Sepp Blatter as president of Fifa.

The Frenchman has been gearing up to take over world football’s top job for the last two weeks. At the same time, African football officials have been holding secret meetings to hone a strategy to prevent Platini, three-times European footballer of the year, from moving into Blatter’s palatial office in Fifa House in the hills above Zurich.

A source at the centre of these discussions told The Sunday Times: “We have a high-profile African who is connected with football but is far removed from any links with Blatter, whose name is so toxic. We are confident he can be persuaded to stand and we believe Platini can be beaten. We need to show that contrary to popular perception not everyone in African football is corrupt. It is also very important that the next president should not be another European. In its 111-year history, no non-European has ever got the top job. It is time this changed.”

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