Hlokomelo Mabogale |
South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe (59) has been elected as Confederation of African Football (CAF) President. Motsepe is the first person in South Africa to lead the African football organisation. The great news was confirmed on Friday during the 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.
Motsepe was backed by FIFA Chief Gianni Infantino to take up the helm. He takes over from the outgoing Ahmad Ahmad.
Africa’s ninth richest person Motsepe, got a boost after Senegal’s Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania withdrew their names from the race. This made Motsepe to be the 54th football association President.
Mamelodi Sundowns is unstoppable team under Motsepe’s chairmanship with 8th conservative trophies, amongst them, being CAF Champions League. He bought the club in 2003.
“There is no one in Africa who has lost more money in football than I have,” said Motsepe, adding that “It is a stupid love.”
In a 10-point manifesto released ahead of 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 up the appointment.