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MBABANE – It’s now official.  The country is among the 14 member associations that have thrown their weight behind Dr Patrice Motsepe ahead of the CAF presidential elections.

The Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) pledged their unequivocal support for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidential candidate, Motsepe following the annual general meeting (AGM) held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday.

Eswatini Football Association (EFA) President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa was among the attendees with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu, following the proceedings virtually. According to the cosafa.com, the 14 members unanimously agreed that the billionaire, Dr Motsepe was the best candidate to lead CAF into a new era of transparency and good governance and confirmed that he would back them at the CAF elective conference that will take place on March 12 in Morocco.


COSAFA President Dr Phillip Chiyangwa said they believe he has the right mix of business acumen and connections in the corporate world to lead CAF through what will be a difficult period in the coming years.

Motsepe is South Africa’s giants Mamelodi Sundowns President and he once donated E10 million to the University of Eswatini (UNESWA). Under his leadership, Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned winners of the CAF Champions League in 2016.


“The name of Dr Motsepe is synonymous with good governance and integrity, and he is the perfect candidate to meet the challenges football on our continent faces. FIFA President Gianni Infantino often talks of how unity is required in African football to move the game forward and we firmly believe Dr Motsepe can bring that,” said Chiyangwa.

“Dr Motsepe has been travelling the length and breadth of the African continent in recent months to explain his vision to football association presidents.

“His commitment to the role is obvious and the passion he clearly has for African football can never be questioned. We will go to congress (on March 12) as a COSAFA collective and we will show unity of our own to help Dr Motsepe get elected.

“We are at a crucial stage for African football, that is quite clear, and what is required is strong and decisive leadership. That is how we will grow the game and provide the future we all want to see for African football,” he concluded.

Reports reveal that Motsepe would be getting 35 out of 54 votes which represent the majority to earn him the CAF presidential seat.

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