South African billionaire and Africa’s ninth richest person Patrice Motsepe has been confirmed as the new Confederation of African Football president. His election was announced at the organisation’s 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco on Friday.
Motsepe, who is the owner of South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, was elected unopposed to replace outgoing Ahmad Ahmad, whose three-year reign promised much but was ultimately characterized by accusations of nepotism, corruption and embezzlement.
He was suspended in November after being found guilty of breaching four separate articles of FIFA’s ethics code and banned from all football-related activity for five years.
The 59-year-old Motsepe’s got to the pinnacle of African football following intervention by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who reportedly supervised the brokering of a deal with the other candidates.
CAF Elections 2021
Patrice Motsepe – South Africa
-1st Vice – Augustin Senghor -Senegal
-2nd Vice – Ahmed Yahya- Mauritania
3rd Vice – Souleiman Waberi
4th Vice – Fouzi Lekjaa- Morocco
5th Vice – Amaju Pinnick- Nigeria.
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