We need to put financial position of CAF in healthy position – Dr. Motsepe
The newly elected President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Motsepe said they will need to put the financial position of the institution in a more healthy position.
The South African businessman and chairman of Premier League side Mamelodi Sundowns was elected 7th CAF President during the CAF General Assembly held at the Sofitel Hotel & Resort in Rabat, Morocco yesterday.
Before the Assembly three other candidates Augustin Senghor (Senegal), Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania) and Jacques Anouma (Ivory Coast) withdrew to support Motsepe in a move that showed unity.
“We need to make sure we put the financial position of CAF in a more healthy position. We want to bring new partners and lay a foundation that will make African football globally successful,” added Dr. Motsepe.
“I am very confident and optimistic that me and the team will get things done. The world will only respect us when we perform,” added Dr. Motsepe.
The new CAF president made it clear although it will take a lot of work he wants the institution and every member Association to be self sustaining. “I want to see our members enter into partnerships with the private sector to uplift the standard and develop football,” added the new CAF President.
He also said he plans to visit all the member Associations in the next 6-12 months as part of a plan to understand the problems facing Member Associates and also to assist in creating better relations with the corporate world.
“There is a great deal of urgency and this is something we all know. One of the things I’m going to propose is that we need to meet regularly as the Member Associates Presidents. We need to close the distance between the members and CAF. I believe we have a clear understanding of what needs to be done. At times we find fancy words to describe what needs to be done but the most important thing is implementation,” said Dr. Motsepe.
Apart from Eritrea and Chad who were not represented, 52 members attended the Assembly and voted. FIFA President Gianni Infantino also graced the CAF General Assembly.
Elected members for FIFA Council
Angophone block: Amaju Melvin Pinnick (Nigeria)
Francophone block: Mathurin de Chacus (Benin), Mamoutou Toure (Mali)
Women’s Representative: Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)
Arabophone/Hispanophone/Musophone: Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco), Hanny Abo Rida (Egypt)
Members elected on the CAF Executive Committee
Women Represntative: Kanizat Ibrahim (Comores)
North Zone: Aadie Jary (Tunisia)
West Zone A: Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia)
West Zone B: Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger)
Central Zone: Seidou Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon)
Central-East Zone: Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti)
South Zone: Elvis Raja Chetty (Mauritius), Maclean Cortez Letshwiti (Botswana) (March 13Th)