Motsepe inches closer to Caf presidency

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Patrice Motsepe’s path to the Caf presidency has become smoother after one of his main rivals for the seat Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast withdrew from the race, throwing his weight behind the Mamelodi Sundowns president.

“After several reflections and consultations, I decided to give up my candidacy for the election to the presidency of CAF,” Anouma told an Ivorian TV programme on Friday.

The move comes after reports that Fifa president Gianni Infantino brokered a deal that could also see Senegal’s Augustin Senghor and Mauritania’s Ahmad Yahya take up the first and second vice-president seats at the CAF elective congress in Rabat‚ Morocco‚ on March 12.

According to reports, Motsepe’s fellow candidates will sign an agreement in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania in the presence of Fifa boss Infantino.

They will agree to give up their bids in exchange for the post of advisor and two vice-presidencies respectively.

Motsepe will then succeed Ahmad Ahmad who has been banned for five years over “governance issues”.

In its decision to ban Ahmad, Fifa said Ahmad had “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the Caf President”.

Fifa also fined Ahmad 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000) for misdeeds, which related to “the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca” and his involvement in Caf’s dealings with a sports equipment company.

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By FARPost Reporter

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