CAF presidential candidate Dr Patrice Motsepe officially unveiled his 10 point action Manifesto plan on Thursday.
The launch took place at the Sandton Convention Centre and was attended by amongst others Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa, President of Cosafa Phillip Chiyangwa, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan, PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza and leaders of football federations from across the continent.
Motsepe also used the platform to explain why he had accepted the request to stand for the presidency.
“When I was approached and told you must stand, I can’t tell you what I told them because there are some young people amongst us,” he told the media.
“I was asked three, four times, would you stand as president of CAF? I said no because I have enough challenges and headaches in my life. The problem is when I focus on doing something it requires a lot of hard work, it requires a lot of sacrifices and more important requires tangible, visible, assessable progress.
“After several discussions and meetings, I realised that in partnership with all of the presidency of Africa, in partnership with the CAF exco, in partnership with all my brothers and sisters here, it is indeed a unique role for all of us here,” said Motsepe.
Official 10 point action plan:
-Investing in developing and growing football in each African country through sponsorships, private sector and other partners
-Improving the efficiency and professionalism of CAF’s Competitions and its staff
-Implementing and adhering to governance and auditing global best practices
-Investing in African football infrastructure
-Investing in our youth and in the future of African football.
-Developing and growing women’s football
-Protecting the integrity and professionalising referees
-Establishing Video Assistant Referees (VAR).
-Partnerships with FIFA and other Continental governing bodies
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By Ofhani Munyai