New Zealand Football open-minded over Fifa presidential vote

Tokyo Sexwale, left, and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein President of Jordan are two of the five candidates for the Fifa ...

Tokyo Sexwale, left, and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein President of Jordan are two of the five candidates for the Fifa presidency.

New Zealand Football are taking an open-minded approach to next week's Fifa presidential elections.

NZF President Deryck Shaw, vice-president Michael Anderson and executive committee member Paul Cochrane will attend the FIFA extraordinary congress in Zurich where a new president for the world governing body will be elected.

The need for a new leader comes after Sepp Blatter stood down after 17 years in charge, following the massive Fifa corruption scandal.

The five candidates are Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.

Shaw said the review process of each candidate's manifesto will continue until just before the election.

 "We have been contacted by and held discussions with three of the candidates already and received contact from a fourth," Shaw said.

"Once in Zurich we will have a further opportunity to hear from each of the candidates as part of a wider Oceania Football Confederation meeting to be held prior to the election.

"Once that meeting has taken place we will then consult with executive committee, Oceania Football and our fellow confederation members before making a final decision and casting our vote."

Last May New Zealand decide to vote against Blatter in a presidential battle with Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, opting for change through the Jordan alternative.

The move backfired with Blatter winning and New Zealand's stance splintering the Oceania majority who had backed Blatter.

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Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein was in New Zealand earlier this year campaigning for the fresh election.

Shaw warned that the voting process could be lengthy.

"The vote may not produce a winning candidate through the first ballot and therefore it is important that we understand the relative merits of each candidate and we are able to attach a priority to each of them," Shaw said.

The congress, to be held on February 26, will also see member associations vote on reforms to Fifa structures and processes.

 - Stuff

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