The 43rd Ordinary and Elective General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), last Friday, resulted in the election of Dr Patrice Motsepe of South Africa as the new president of the continent’s football governing body.
Dr Patrice Motsepe of South Africa, mounted the ‘throne’ uncontested.
Motsepe’s competitors Augustine Senghor of Senegal, Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania and Jacques Anouma of Cote d’Ivoire all withdrew from the race before Friday’s poll.
A mining billionaire who is also into banking and telecommunications and has businesses in 40 African countries, Dr Patrice Thlopane Motsepe is also the owner of top South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns.
He succeeds Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, who is serving a two-year FIFA ban over “governance issues”.
Motsepe is expected to lead the association for the next four years.
In his acceptance speech, Motsepe expressed gratitude to the African football family for his attainment of the position, saying it is a huge honour to serve African football at the highest level.
“All of us can and will work together,” he said, underscoring the need for team work, collaboration and sense of togetherness.
Dr. Motsepe praised Senghor, Yahya and Anouma who withdrew from the race.