South Africa’s billionaire businessman, Mr. Patrice Motsepe has been elected the new President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) to replace Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar who ban from sporting activities has been reduced to two years by Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Motsepe was on Friday confirmed as the new CAF president during the organisation’s 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco.
His election is coming just as he replaces Ahmad, whose three-year stint was ultimately mottled by accusations of nepotism, corruption and embezzlement.
The 59-year-old Motsepe’s election comes following intervention by FiIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino, who reportedly supervised the brokering of a deal with the other candidates.
The pact proposed by Infantino, which was ultimately accepted by Motsepe’s rivals means that Senegal’s Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania will take up roles as the South African’s vice-presidents.
Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma, who had previously outlined his desire to take the confederation’s reins, has been appointed as special advisor to Motsepe.
Until Monday, Ahmad loomed as a potential rival to Motsepe on election day, but after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the former’s ban for corruption, while reducing his suspension to two years, the path was cleared for the Sundowns chief to take the presidency.
He was confirmed unopposed in his new role on Friday as Africa’s 54 football association heads forwent the formality of the voting process.
“There is no one in Africa who has lost more money in football than I have,” Motsepe told journalists in a press conference to reveal details of his candidacy last month.
“African football must become the best in the world,” he added. “It won’t happen overnight, but that is the test of what we are going to do over the next few years.”