The General Confederation of African Football (CAF), at its meeting yesterday in Rabat, elected South African Patrice Mutsibi as the new president of the Confederation by acclamation, succeeding the Malagasy Ahmed Ahmed.
The choice was made by applause for the withdrawal of the three competitors following the gentleman’s agreement concluded by the President of the International Federation (FIFA), with them: Jacques Anoma (Cote d’Ivoire), Agustin Senghor (Senegal), and Ahmed Ould Yahya (Mauritania).
In a brief speech after recommending him, Mozippi expressed his thanks and gratitude for choosing this position, which he described as a great honor, and said: I thank Infantino, President of the International Federation (FIFA), and his encouragement to work within the framework of unity, where we will not raise the challenges facing us unless we are united.
Motsepe is the first South African to preside over “CAF”, after two presidents from Egypt and Sudan and one from Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Madagascar.
The name Motsepe became prominent through his presidency of Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, champion of the continent in 2016, and one of the biggest businessmen in South Africa.
On the other hand, the General Assembly chose 4 of its representatives in the FIFA Council by acclamation: Moroccan Fawzi Lakja ‘, Egyptian Hani Abu Raida, Mali Mamoto Toure, and Benigni Martin Duchakos.
During the opening of the General Assembly, Infantino stressed the importance of “unity” and the value of team spirit, and said: “You all have the same vision, and now the level of African football must be raised to the world in cooperation with FIFA.”
He added: We have worked a lot together in recent years, we have doubled five times our investments in the framework of solidarity, and we have developed more than 300 projects during the last five years.