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Patrice Motsepe to Run for CAF Presidency

The South African Football Association has confirmed that Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe will run for the Confederation of African Football presidency.

The billionaire becomes the third person to bid for the role, after incumbent Ahmad Ahmad and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast.

“CAF must improve its global standing,” said SAFA President Danny Jordaan. “He is the most appropriate person we could offer for the leadership of CAF. We do not want any compromise on governance or ethics in football.”

In a related development, one expected challenger – Amaju Pinnick of Nigeria – has decided against standing for the CAF presidency and given his backing to Motsepe instead.

Motsepe’s bid, which comes ahead of the deadline for candidates to formally register their interest, breaks the traditional contestants for the CAF presidency, which has been restricted to high-ranking members of African football’s ruling body in the past.

Motsepe is able to contest the position since he fulfils the requirements of having been involved in football for the past five years, with the South African having led Pretoria-based Sundowns since 2004, and has received the backing of his own federation.

With countries only able to nominate one candidate for CAF’s Executive Committee, including the presidency, Motsepe’s bid means SAFA President Danny Jordaan can no longer apply for the Fifa Council role that he has long coveted.

CAF’s elections are set to take place in Morocco next March.

Dylan Rogers
Dylan Rogers

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