By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
New CAF President Patrice Motsepe continues to receive congratulatory remarks from football stakeholders and African Presidents, with the latest being Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.
In an official telegram on Wednesday, March 17, the Head of state stated: “I associate with it my wish for success in the accomplishment of your mandate. May your action at the head of CAF contribute to making football a powerful lever in the service of unity, competitiveness and the pride of Africa.”
South African billionaire and the head of Mamelodi Sundowns was elected unopposed as the 7th President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF during the 43rd CAF Congress, which took place in Rabat, Morocco.
The task of projecting African football onto the global stage has begun with the previous mandate shrouded with numerous problems which led to former President Ahmad Ahmad banned from all football-related activities due to breaches of the code of ethics.
Dr Patrice Motsepe, 59, is an accomplished South African businessman and philanthropist and no stranger to football. For almost two decades, he has been the President of a South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns.
“Africa needs collective wisdom, but also the exceptional talent and work of every (national football association) president and every member nation,” new CAF President Patrice Motsepe said. “When we all work together, football in Africa will experience success and growth that it has not enjoyed in the past.”
It should be noted that during the General Assembly, Mathurin de Chacus (Benin), Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone), Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco), Amaju Pinnick (Nigeria) and Mamoutou Touré (Mali) were all voted to join Hany Abo Rida (Egypt) on FIFA’s Council.
Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros) and Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon) were elected to the CAF Executive Committee. Other regional appointments were also made with Wadie Jary (Tunisia) elected to the northern zone and Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles) and Maclean Letshwiti (Botswana) both elected to represent the southern zone.
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