By Charles Embola
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon.
Meeting in Rabat Morocco today on Friday 12 of March 2021, South African Business Tycoon and owner of Mamelody Sundowns was Enthroned as new CAF boss by acclamation during the organizations 43 elective general assembly meeting.
In what Many football fans across the continent have considered FIFA’s intervention, candidates such as Augustin Senghor(Senegal), Jacques Anouma(Ivorian), and Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania) were forced to back off and abondon their individual bids and instead provide absolute free passage to Patrice Motsepe many believe through Gianni Infantino’s influence which had earlier on oust Ahmad Ahmad through a two-year ban from the court of abitration for sports.
From inception 64 years ago, the confederation of African football (CAF) had been used to a more open and democratic manner of electing its officials. According to some sources, a program summerizing the projects of the other initial candidates was submitted during today’s GA before the new president was enthroned which has left Africans in nail biting positions wondering if CAF laws and statutes provides for such manner of functioning.
Augustin Senghor is rumored to be in line to be appointed Vice President, Ahmed Yahya first Vice President, Jacques Anouma as special advisor to the president.
Will the individual projects of the new executive be harmonized to spare Patrice Motsepe from explaining a clear balance sheet in due time? One thing remains clear, such situations seen in the management of African football set-up could never prevail at UEFA, CONCACAF or AFC.
In his first interview today, Dr Patrice Motsepe said in a statement «Continued investment in Youth and academies, as well as making competitions globally competitive will be essential. We need the private sector to get involved by providing financial resources, improving and continuing to invest there and ensuring transparency of the governance is an excellent basis»
Motsepe takes over from Ahmad Ahmad whose turbulent four-year term ended in his absence and becomes the first South African to lead CAF.
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