The FIFA presidential race is hotting up.
On Friday the Confederation for African Football, the CAF, gave its full and unanimous backing to Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
CAF has 54 full voting members in FIFA’s 209-member congress – the largest amount of any of the six continental federations.
Sheikh Salman is currently the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which has – to no great surprise – also giving its full support to the 50-year old.
The AFC has 46 members and therefore 46 votes at the election, which takes place in Zurich on 26 February.
It makes the race to replace incumbant Sepp Blatter and a two-horse race with UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino the other pre-election favourite having received the backing of UEFA and South America’s football confederation CONMEBOL.
UEFA has 53 votes and CONMEBOL 10.