South African Patrice Motsepe Elected As New President Of CAF

by Duke Magazine

South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe has been elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Motsepe succeeds Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, who is serving a two-year FIFA ban over “governance issues”, and will require his vast array of business skills to fix the organization.

A plan brokered by FIFA puts Motsepe in charge with Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya as vice-presidents and Anouma a special advisor.

Motsepe will be the first South African to lead CAF, following in the footsteps of two Egyptians, a Sudanese, an Ethiopian, a Cameroonian and a Malagasy.

Unlike previous African football leaders, who came from national association backgrounds, his connection with the sport stems from owning record of 2016 African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Until a recent rule change, the supporter of Spanish giants Barcelona would not have been eligible to become president as candidates had to be CAF executive committee members.

The 59-year-old began his career with a stint as a lawyer, before delving into mining and many other ventures. Forbes magazine estimates his net worth at $2.9 billion (2.4 billion euros).

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