Hayatou: All of Africa will vote for Blatter

CAIRO (AP) — The head of African football says his entire continent will back Sepp Blatter for re-election as FIFA president next month.

Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, made the comment in his speech at the opening of its congress in Cairo on Tuesday. Blatter was also present.

Hayatou referred to Blatter as “dear Sepp,” and said CAF’s 54 member countries would all vote for the 79-year-old Swiss in FIFA’s presidential election in Zurich on May 29.

Hayatou said Blatter was “at home” in Africa and not in “hostile territory,” an apparent reference to the criticism Blatter received when he attended the UEFA congress last month.

Africa is a strong base of support for Blatter and has traditionally voted as a block for him.