Dr. Motsepe is new CAF President
South Africa’s business mogul Dr. Patrice Motsepe was on Friday confirmed as the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The South African and chairman of Premier League side Mamelodi Sundowns was unopposed during the CAF General Assembly held at the Sofitel Hotel & Resort in Rabat, Morocco.
Before the Assembly three other candidates Augustin Senghor (Senegal), Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania) and Jacques Anouma (Ivory Coast) withdrew to support Motsepe in a move that showed unity.
“We need unity to be able to take African football to another level and make it the best in the world,” said Motsepe infront of the delegates from 52 countries. Eritrea and Chad did not attend the Assembly.
President of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Andrew Kamanga his general secretary Adrian Kashala attended the Assembly which was also graced by the FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
In the spirit of unity Kamanga withdrew his candidature to contest for the FIFA Council seat for the Angophone block which was eventually won by Nigeria’s Amaju Melvin Pinnick. The other FIFA Council seats were won by Mathurin de Chacus (Benin) and Mamoutou Toure (Mali) for the Francophone block. While Sierra Leone’s Isha Johansen was elected the women’s representative, Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) and Egypt’s Hanny Abo Rida were elected representatives for the Arabophone/Hispanophone and Lusophone block.
The members elected on the CAF Executive Committee include; Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoroes), Aadie Jary (Tunisia), Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia), Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger), Seidou Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon), Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti), Elvis Raja Chetty and Maclean Cortez Letshwiti.