South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe was elected by acclamation as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a four-year term at the body’s general assembly in Rabat on Friday(12 March).
Patrice Motsepe was the candidate on the caf presidency list since Senegal’s Augustin Senghor, Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya, and Ivorian Jacques Anouma had withdrawn from the presidential race in recent weeks. Also, the former president of the CAF, the Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, who wanted to run for a second one, was prevented by FIFA following a suspension linked to embezzlement.*
A victory without any suspense, Africa’s tenth greatest fortune will be the new leader of the African body. Whoever is closer to President Infantino seems to have won the hearts of the African football federations, normal since he was the only candidate.
Patrice Motsepe is a 59-year-old South African businessman born in Soweto. According to Forbes magazine, he has an estimated personal fortune of $2.9 billion; the self-made man with a neat look has made his fortune in the mining industry and finance but cultivates a certain discretion. Today, he will take the reins of the African body.