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FIFA BACKS MOTSEPE FOR CAF

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MBABANE – South Africa’s billionaire Patrice Motsepe is set for the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Presidency seat after the full backing of FIFA.

The football mother body is reported to have requested the three candidates going for the Presidential post to back the Mamelodi Sundowns Boss, Motsepe, in the upcoming CAF presidential election to be held on March 12 in Morocco. According to supersport.com, Augustin Senghor of Senegal and Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania are open to the idea of backing Motsepe and becoming vice-presidents themselves. Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast would be offered a role as advisor to Motsepe. Motsepe travelled to Morocco over the weekend to conclude the groundbreaking deal with Senghor and Yahya. “The CAF presidential candidates have reached an agreement and with Motsepe’s competitors that they will be his first and second vice-presidents. Motsepe is in Morocco concluding it. The deal will complete an amazing journey for the Sundowns boss as few gave him a chance when he embarked on the journey to assume the most powerful football seat on the continent last year,” the source told supersport.com.

The country, through the Eswatini Football Association (EFA), gave support to Motsepe and this was confirmed during the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) annual general meeting (AMG) last month. EFA President Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa was among the COSAFA members who attended the Motsepe’s 10-Point Action Plan Manifesto called ‘Building African Football to Be the Best in the World’ launch last Thursday in South Africa. Also present were Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Benin and Angola FA Presidents while Motsepe was accompanied by SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordan, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, PSL Chair, Irvin Khoza and COSAFA President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa.

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