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Namibia’s Muinjo says Caf elections were ‘not fair’

Namibia’s Muinjo says Caf elections were ‘not fair’

Namibia FA president John Muinjo has accused “football leaders” of manipulating the election process that saw him fail to get a seat on the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee.

Muinjo was contesting the southern African post.

However, he saw his aspirations go up in smoke on Wednesday as Kalusha Bwalya of Zambia romped home to a landslide victory.

But Muinjo has told BBC Sport that the outcome was skewed from the beginning because it was all “pre-planned”.

He raged: “I’m not disappointed because I knew that the system doesn’t accommodate honest people, and I’m an honest person.

“I did my home work. I worked very hard and in an ideal situation I was going to win it.

“The only thing that I didn’t do was maybe to pay people to come and vote for me. I don’t have that kind of cash.”

Asked whether he had any evidence to back up his claims of skulduggery, the Namibian cited “pressure” exerted on certain candidates to withdraw because “they were not liked”.

“I think this thing was pre-planned; certain people are not liked and they will not make it [into CAF].

“It was not only mentioned to me alone but it was also mentioned to other people. The playing field was not level.

“I don’t doubt the credentials of other candidates; it’s just that I’m expressing my unhappiness.

“The election was not free and fair. Transparency is very important when it comes to elections.

“Football leaders shouldn’t come and influence people not to vote for other people – that’s wrong.”

By Farayi Mungazi, Khartoum

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