Confirmed: Motsepe is officially the sole candidate for CAF president

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Patrice Motsepe during his guest appearance at the Cosafa annual general meeting in Sandton, Johannesburg, last month. Picture: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix
Patrice Motsepe during his guest appearance at the Cosafa annual general meeting in Sandton, Johannesburg, last month. Picture: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix

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Patrice Motsepe is set to be just the eighth president of CAF as he will run uncontested at the continental governing body’s elective conference in Morocco on Friday.

CAF on Thursday issued the updated list of candidates for election following the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the eligibility of the candidates.

Business magnate Motsepe appeared on the list as the sole candidate for the position of president.

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Patrice Motsepe is set to be just the eighth president of CAF as he will run uncontested at the continental governing body’s elective conference in Morocco on Friday.

This means the 59-year-old will be declared the successor to Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar at the general assembly in Rabat, making him the first English-speaking president of CAF since the formation of the organisation on February 10 1957.

The latest development further confirms the withdrawal of the initial hopefuls for the top seat – Augustin Senghor of Senegal, Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast and Ahmed Yahya Mauritania.

The trio’s withdrawal was rubber-stamped with the signing of a deal in Mauritania last weekend, while Ahmad remains banned by Fifa due to accusations of abusing the CAF office, mishandling funds and trading in gifts.

It will be a long wait for the coronation of Motsepe as the election of president appears as item number 18 on the agenda.

Senghor (55) and Yahya (44) are poised to take the vice-presidency roles, while the 69-year-old Anouma is poised to be made a special adviser to Motsepe.

The top posts for the trio are rewards for giving up their bids in support of the Mamelodi Sundowns owner, as per the deal that was finalised in Rabat last month.

However, it will be a long wait for the coronation of Motsepe as the election of president appears as item number 18 on the agenda.

While the position of the president is all but confirmed, there is still another hotly contested race that is expected to take place in the jostle for the six seats on the Fifa council.

These will be contested by 11 candidates, among them flamboyant Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick and his Zambian counterpart, Andrew Kamanga.

READ: CAF presidential race: Latest behind the scenes moves suggest Motsepe could be next boss

The list will include a woman representative, which is being contested by the incumbent head of Sierra Leone football, Isha Johansen, and Lydia Nsekera of Burundi, who has already served on the global football governing body’s council.

A total of 17 individuals are in the running for the 13 positions in the CAF executive committee, where a woman representative must also be voted in.

Meanwhile, CAS upheld the decisions of the CAF governance commission to declare Cameroon’s Seidou Njoya and Guinean Mamadou Souaré eligible to stand for election to CAF’s executive committee.

This followed an appeal to the sports tribunal.


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Daniel Mothowagae 

Deputy sports editor

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