Friday, 12 March 2021

The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has a tough job. It includes working with FIFA to run the sport in Africa, and overseeing the continent’s tournaments and leagues. There are also issues of broadcast rights and improving the organisation’s poor reputation.

The latest to throw their name into the ring is South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe. The mining magnate is the owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, a club he led to success in South Africa and continentally. Motsepe has a 10-point manifesto. He wants to grow football on the continent by attracting investors and partners. He also plans to invest in youth and infrastructure and make the confederation more efficient.

The immediate struggles he faces will be broadcast rights for competitions and what to do with tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations.

Motsepe who is running unopposed for the CAF presidency is expected to officially take over from Ahmad Ahmad during the CAF General Assembly scheduled for Rabat, Morocco, tomorrow morning. Motsepe was left as the sole candidate for the presidency following the withdrawal of three other candidates.

If elected president, he will become the eighth president of CAF since 1957.

He is also set to become the first person from an English-speaking country and only the second from Southern Africa to be elected president:

 

Credit: The Conversation / SABC.

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