Patrice Motsepe: Africa’s Ninth Richest Person Appointed Caf President


With the backing of Fifa chief Gianni Infantino, the Mamelodi Sundowns owner has been named because the replacement for outgoing Ahmad Ahmad

South African billionaire and Africa’s ninth richest person Patrice Motsepe has been confirmed because the new Confederation of African Football president during the organisation’s 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco on Friday.

Motsepe, who is that the owner of South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, was elected unopposed to exchange outgoing Ahmad Ahmad, whose three-year reign promised much but was ultimately mottled by accusations of nepotism, corruption and embezzlement.

He was suspended in November after being found guilty of breaching four separate articles of Fifa’s ethics code and banned from all football-related activity for five years.

Dr Patrice Motsepe’s first words upon his election as Caf president: “I thank my brother Gianni, for the vision and therefore the encouragement of unity. we will only affect the challenges of Africa once we are united.” #Motsepe— Ed Dove (@EddyDove) March 12, 2021

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The 59-year-old Motsepe’s ascent to the top of African football comes following intervention by Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who reportedly supervised the brokering of a affect the opposite candidates.

The pact proposed by Infantino – and ultimately accepted by Motsepe’s rivals – means Senegal’s Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania will take up roles because the South African’s vice-presidents.

Ivorian Jacques Anouma, who had previously outlined his desire to require the confederation’s reins, has been appointed as special advisor to Motsepe.

Until Monday, Ahmad loomed as a possible rival to Motsepe on polling day , but after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the former’s ban for corruption, while reducing his suspension to 2 years, the trail was cleared for the Sundowns chief to require the presidency.

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He was confirmed unopposed in his new role on Friday as Africa’s 54 football association heads forwent the formality of the voting process.

Unlike his erstwhile rivals, Motsepe has no experience in football administration, and represents an unlikely candidate for president.

His experience within the game has been rooted with Sundowns, the Pretoria-based club he bought in 2003.

Under his guidance – and backed by considerable investment – the Brazilians became only the second South African side to win the Caf Champions League in 2016, and have won seven domestic titles.

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“There is not any one in Africa who has lost extra money in football than I even have ,” Motsepe told journalists during a news conference to reveal details of his candidacy last month. “It’s a stupid love.

“African football must become the simplest within the world,” he added. “It won’t happen overnight, but that’s the test of what we are getting to do over subsequent few years.”

Media-shy Motsepe made the majority of his $3.2 billion fortune in mining, and is that the brother-in-law of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

In a 10-point manifesto released before the withdrawal of his presidential rivals, Motsepe outlined that good governance, investment in Africa’s sporting infrastructure and statutory reforms would be among his top priorities after taking over the appointment.


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