South African Billionaire,Patrice Motsepe whose candidacy was announced by the SA Football Association (SAFA) in November, stood unopposed at CAF’s 43rd General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday.
This is the first personality from English speaking part of the continent to be elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)after incumbent president Ahmad Ahmad is barred from contesting in the forthcoming elections due to a reduced ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Monday.
Accordly to Goal.com, Fifa President Gianni Infantino threw his weight behind Motsepe’s presidential bid in a special event held in Mauritania with over 20 presidents of African member associations present.
He will serve a four-year term until the next elective congress in 2025.
The election of the South African followed after a deal was concluded over the past month that saw Motsepe’s rivals – Senegal’s Augustin Senghor‚ Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast – withdraw their candidacies in exchange for leadership and executive positions.
Motsepe appeared to have the backing as a block of 13 of the 14 COSAFA (Council of Southern Africa Football Associations) member associations, much of CECAFA Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations), and West Africa was seemingly split.