CAPE TOWN – In a bid to undo the stranglehold that North African nations have had on Caf for a few years, Cosafa have lined up South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe to problem for the Caf presidency on the March 12 elections in Morocco.
The 14-member Cosafa held the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in Johannesburg on Sunday. A spotlight of the meeting was an deal with by Fifa president Giovanni Infantino.
South Africa’s Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, was among the many friends.
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Cosafa’s members embody Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, SA, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Associate Member Reunion.
Because of the upcoming Caf elections, the dialogue round who ought to be Caf’s presidency candidate took centre stage. Over the previous few weeks, Motsepe travelled to a number of African nations to canvass help and his election marketing campaign was managed by Safa president Danny Jordaan.
Cosafa president Phillip Chiyangwa afterwards declared Motsepe was the unanimous selection because the organisation’s candidate to lead soccer’s continental physique over the following 4 years.
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“Dr Motsepe is our candidate and we endorse him fully,” mentioned Chiyangwa. “We believe he has the right mix of business acumen and connections in the corporate world to lead Caf through what will be a difficult period in the coming years.
“The name of Dr Motsepe is synonymous with good governance and integrity, and he is the perfect candidate to meet the challenges facing our football.
“Fifa president Gianni Infantino often talks of how unity is required in African football to move the game forward and we firmly believe Dr Motsepe can bring that.”
In the previous, there have been questions round transparency, good governance, and integrity in Caf and Infantino’s deal with was to help revolutionise African soccer, particularly in the Cosafa area.
“Cosafa is very important in this part of the world, and as part of the Fifa Forward programme, we introduced strong support to zonal organisations (like Cosafa),” mentioned Infantino.
“Nevertheless, we can and want to do more so we need to be united and work together in a true spirit of cooperation.”
Infantino burdened the significance of Caf’s subsequent four-year cycle as a result of it leads up to the World Cup in 2026 when Africa’s taking part groups will improve from 5 to 9 or 10.
“Doubling the number of teams participating in the World Cup is crucial because it can have an impact on youth and the entire football community as it gives many more countries a chance to qualify,” mentioned Infantino.
“This can trigger investments from governments and the private sector, which can help member associations further develop football in their countries.
“In order for African teams not only to participate but to shine at a world stage, the work has to start now. Africa should be united to get back what it has given to global football.”