'Motsepe can even be FIFA president'


Former Mamelodi Sundowns boss Anastasia Tsichlas says the club's current president Patrice Motsepe could easily become FIFA president in future as the whole world loves him.

This week Motsepe's candidacy for next year's election for the CAF presidency was officially confirmed by SAFA president Danny Jordan and Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa.

Tsichlas says as SAFA they are fully behind the multi-billionaire even though he will have to step down as Sundowns chairman to take up the role should he win, according to SAFA's rules.

"We support 100 percent the nomination of Patrice Motsepe, he's a person that has been in football for quite some time now, he understands football in general," Tsichlas tells KickOff.com.

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"And also he is a person that is strong. He is a leader himself, I mean he's a legend. He's a leader, not only in business but he achieved a lot also with Sundowns generally speaking. He has a very well respected personality. And 100 percent we support a South African with the calibre of Patrice Motsepe.

"I know all over the world they want Patrice because as I say his reputation is very high. We must be proud that we have a personality like Patrice Motsepe you know, and he's a South African. So we are a big nation in football, and we all think that he's the most capable person to take over and help Africa's football generally."

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Asked if she thought Motsepe stood a chance of beating the other candidates including current CAF president Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, the 'Iron lady' was confident.

"I think he's standing a very good chance to beat anybody. Even tomorrow you never know, he can be a FIFA president. But you know, one step at a time. He's got experience, he's capable, he's a top businessman... he's got everything. So ja we believe that he can make a difference."

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