- South African business mogul elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the federation’s general assembly on Friday.
By Beng Emmanuel
South Africa’s billionaire and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe has officially taken his sit as the new President of the Confederation of African Football by acclamation during the 43rd General Assembly of the football body in Rabat-Morocco on March 12.
The 59-year-old business tycoon ran for the presidential seat unopposed. His rivals Jacques Anouma, Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya pulled out of the race in order to take on vice-presidential roles.
Motspe-Africa’s ninth richest person according to Forbes magazine succeeds Ahmad Ahmad who was ineligible to run for the election after a two-year ban. He becomes the eight president of the African regulatory football body and the first South African to be elected to the position.
“I want to thank my brother Gianni [Infantino] for the vision and the encouragement of unity. We can only deal with the challenges of Africa when we are united”-the new CAF boss said after his election” Motsepe said after his election In Rabat.
“There is no one in Africa who has lost more money in football than I have. It is a stupid love. Africa football must become the best in the world. It won’t happen overnight, but that is the best test of what we are going to do over the next few years”
Patrice Motsepe is the owner of South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns. He is the brother-in-law of South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa. He is tasked with elevating the status of African Football, taking to greater heights than his predecessors did.
CAF’s 43rd General Assembly will also witness the election of the CAF’s Executive Committee members and representatives to FIFA council amongst other positions.