South African Patrice Motsepe at the helm of CAF

South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe was elected, Friday in Rabat, new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a five-year term.


The news was announced during the 43rd ordinary and Elective General Assembly of the CAF held in Rabat on Friday, in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino.


Motsepe was the only candidate to the succession of Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad at the head of CAF, after other candidates, namely Ivorian Jacques Anouma, Senegalese Augustin Senghor, and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya withdrew their candidacies.


Patrice Motsepe, 59, who is the president of the South African club Mamelodi Sundowns FC, vowed that during his tenure, CAF will not be a ground for political battles between countries.


The CAF general assembly was also marked by the election of Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Royal Moroccan Federation (FRMF), member of the FIFA Council.


This is the first time that a Moroccan cruises to the FIFA council.


Egypt’s Hany Abo Rida was also elected member of the FIFA council for a second term, while Algeria’s candidate Khaireddine Zetchi withdrew his candidacy.


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