FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino looks on during an interview with AFP on February 24, 2016 in Zurich. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Gianni Infantino and Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa easily lead the race to become FIFA president, but an AFP poll of world football's members highlighted complex political maneuvering and uncertainty surrounding Friday's vote.- Zurich intrigue -- That high number suggests the luxury Zurich hotels favored by FIFA delegates will be awash with intrigue and late night discussions in the run up to Friday's decision day with some federations likely to ignore the instructions of their umbrella confederations.Four of the six confederations have instructed their members to vote for a single candidate. Swiss-Italian national Infantino has the support of UEFA (53 votes), South America's Conmebol with 10 votes, and seven members of the Central American group UNCAF, which is part of the larger CONCACAF confederation for North and Central American confederation. The Asian football chief is officially supported by the AFC with 46 votes, and by the Confederation of African Football, the biggest group with 54 votes.That gives a theoretical total of 100 votes for the Sheikh, far higher than the 28 votes indicated by the answers received by AFP.
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