South African Patrice Motsepe, one among Africa’s richest males, has introduced his intention to turn out to be the following president of the Confederation of African Soccer (Caf).
The chairman of 2016 African membership champions Mamelodi Sundowns turns into the third individual to bid for the function, after incumbent Ahmad and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast.
Motsepe is Africa’s tenth richest man, in line with Forbes journal which estimates his wealth at $2.4 billion.
“Caf should enhance its international standing,” stated South Africa FA president Danny Jordaan. “He’s probably the most applicable individual we might supply for the management of Caf. We don’t want any compromise on governance or ethics in soccer.”
Motsepe, who’s in quarantine at dwelling after contracting Covid-19 in line with Jordaan, was not current at Monday’s press convention in Johannesburg to announce his bid, with Jordaan – flanked by South Africa’s Sports activities Minister Nathi Mthethwa – doing so as an alternative.
In a associated growth, one anticipated challenger – Amaju Pinnick of Nigeria – has determined in opposition to standing for the Caf presidency and given his backing to Motsepe as an alternative.
The South African is the second candidate to announce in lower than 48 hours, after Anouma – a former member of Fifa’s Govt Committee (now Fifa Council) between 2007 and 2015 – was formally backed by the Ivorian federation on Saturday night.
Reigning president Ahmad, in the meantime, declared his candidacy in October however his potential to contest March’s elections is unsure given he’s set to face a ban from soccer after being discovered to have breached numerous Fifa’s ethic codes, BBC Sport Africa understands.
The 60-year-old from Madagascar, who was questioned by French anti-corruption authorities final 12 months with out being charged, has beforehand denied any wrongdoing.
Motsepe’s bid, which comes forward of Thursday’s deadline for candidates to formally register their curiosity, breaks the normal contestants for the Caf presidency, which has been restricted to high-ranking members of African soccer’s ruling physique previously.
Motsepe is ready to contest the place since he fulfils the necessities of getting been concerned in soccer for the previous 5 years, with the South African having led Pretoria-based Sundowns since 2004, and has obtained the backing of his personal federation.
Having made his fortune in mining after beginning out as a lawyer, Motsepe – whose spouse is the elder sister of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa – is already receiving help from throughout Africa, with Botswana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone amongst these to have already publicly backed him.
“He has extra superior qualities than me,” Pinnick informed BBC Sport Africa. “It is not about me, it is about African soccer. When you have somebody with superior qualities, you need to be taught from him and queue behind him and wait on your time.”
With nations solely in a position to nominate one candidate for Caf’s Govt Committee, together with the presidency, Motsepe’s bid means South Africa FA president Danny Jordaan can now not apply for the Fifa Council function that he has lengthy coveted.
“It is a deferred ambition,” Jordaan informed BBC Sport Africa on Monday.
Caf’s elections are set to happen in Morocco subsequent March.