FIFA Presidential Candidate Hussein Seeks Zimbabwe Support

Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who is challenging Sepp Blatter in a leadership race for soccer’s ruling body FIFA, will meet southern African bodies representing the sport this week.

The governing body will choose its leader May 29 in Zurich, Switzerland. Al-Hussein, along with Blatter and two other leadership candidates, are promising more money to national associations. Luis Figo, a retired Portuguese player, is competing as is Michael van Praag, head of the Dutch soccer association.

“He is asking us to support his election bid against Blatter,” Xolisani Gwesela, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Football Association, known as ZIFA, said on Tuesday, without saying whether support would be given. Earlier this month FIFA banned Zimbabwe from competing in the 2018 World Cup after it failed to pay a former national team coach.

Al-Hussein met ZIFA President Cuthbert Dube in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare and will meet Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s acting president, on Wednesday, Gwesela said.

The Jordanian will travel to other southern African nations this week seeking support, he said.

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