Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes that the club’s owner Patrice Motsepe is the right man to take the Confederation of African Football (Caf) forward as he is expected to be confirmed as president on Friday in Rabat, Morocco.
Mngqithi is confident that Motsepe, who is the sole candidate for the Caf presidency is the best campaigner to lead Caf into a new era of transparency and good governance.
Only Ahmad Ahmad potentially stood in the way of the South African billionaire becoming the eighth president of Caf but on Monday the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) confirmed Ahmad’s imposed Fifa’s ban over “governance issues”.
“I think everybody will attest to the influence he’s had in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with Sundowns where he put a vision and ensured that it was achieved,” said Mngqithi.
“He’s always wanted to dominate the African football space and we are trying our level best to be a team that is always among the top four on the continent.
“We are working very hard every day to try and achieve those targets. He wants to get into office at Caf and one thing for sure is that he will tremendously improve corporate governance and bring his business acumen into that space.”
A plan brokered by Fifa will put Motsepe in charge as the first South African to lead the organisation with Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya becoming vice-presidents and Anouma a special advisor.
Mngqithi went on to state that Motsepe has the potential to attract sponsors. “When you have someone of that profile at Caf‚ I don’t think it will be that difficult to get some top sponsors that can raise the profile of our continental competitions,” he said.
“He will always do his best to make sure that we garner top sponsorships and make administration more clinical and more accountable.
“I am more than confident that the impact he is going to have on the African space as Caf president will take the development of football into another space. Maybe we will be able to compete with the Europeans‚ Asians and other continents.
“I am more than optimistic that if he can get into that office, he will add a lot of value‚ and [that is] not to say Caf at the moment is corrupt.
“But I think when he is there, he will make sure that everything runs accordingly. I am looking forward to that and I think it will be one of the best things to happen,” concluded Mngqithi.
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