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African football leaders to endorse Patrice Motsepe by acclamation

Published on: 11 March 2021

Football leaders and federation heads in Africa will unanimously endorse South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe as the new President of CAF on Friday. 

The bankroller of South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns has his oath cleared for him after his rivals all step down from contesting for the position.

And Ahmad Ahmad’s appeal for a ban by FIFA last year could only be reduced to two years by CAS preventing him from contesting for the position.

Motsepe is Africa's ninth richest man with a wealth of $2.9 billion according to Forbes. 

He will be crowned Caf president when the elections take place in Morocco on Friday (12 March).

“African football needs collective wisdom, but also the exceptional talent and wisdom of every president of every country and every member association," he said on Saturday alongside his onetime rivals. "That's what gives me confidence.

"When we all work together with the experience, talent, and passion, football in Africa will experience success and growth that it hasn't experienced in the past. It requires all of us."

"Our objective must be that one of the countries will win the World Cup," he said. "I think it will happen soon. The talent is there.

"Continuous investment in youth and academies and making competitions globally competitive will be key. We do need the private sector to get involved with financial resources. The commitment to improve and continue to invest is there and the governance transparency is an excellent foundation."



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