South African Billionaire Motsepe To Officially Be Unveiled As CAF President Today

South African Billionaire Motsepe To Officially Be Unveiled As CAF President Today

By Norman Isaac Mwambazi

Last year, outgoing Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad was fined and banned from all football activities by the world football governing body Federation of International Football Assocition (FIFA) for corruption and breach of several articles of FIFA’s code of ethics.

This meant that CAF had to look for a new president, and four candidates declared their intentions for office. These included South Fricn businessman Patrice Motsepe, Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania, Augustine Senghor from Senegal, and Jacques Anouma from Ivory Cost.

In the run-in, 59-year Motsepe managed to convince his opponents to step down for him as they merged to form a unity CAF government. In the power-sharing deal, Yahya and Senghor will become the 1st and 2nd Vice presidents respectively as Anouma becomes the special advisor to the CAF president.

In his 10-point program, Motsepe promises governance, statutory and financial reforms, investment in infrastructure, women and youth football, protect the referees and establishing Video Assistant Referees (VAR).

The assembly will also see seven members elected to the respective FIFA Council positions and eight from the regional quotas to fill the vacant CAF executive positions.

Motsepe, who is estimated to be worth $2.9 billion will make history today when he becomes the first president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from an English-speaking nation in the 43rd ordinary and elective assembly to be held in Rabat, Morocco.

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