New candidates join CAF presidency race

African Football

Two new candidates have officially entered the race for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency after Patrice Motsepe was endorsed on Monday.

Motsepe's candidacy for the 12 March 2021 election in Morocco was confirmed by the South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan and Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa in an official press conference yesterday.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the candidates for the CAF Presidency elections

Jordaan indicated the decision was based on Motsepe's suitability to lead African football into a new era while confirming he notified current president Ahmad Ahmad, whom he serves as third vice-president, of their decision to nominate the Sundowns owner to run against him.

Ahmad has confirmed that he will run for a second term after what he describes as a 'successful' four years under his leadership but the surprise decision of Motsepe, who's been backed by Sierra Leone, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, will come as a real threat to his ambitions of re-election.

Jacques Anouma, of the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF), was already confirmed as a candidate prior to the Motsepe announcement on Monday, which has now been followed by two further endorsements over the past 24 hours.

Augustin Senghor, president of Senegal FA (FSF), and the head of the Mauritanian federation (FFRIM) Ahmed Yahya, who was voted the best football administrator at the 2017 CAF Awards, have also been put forward.

"After much thoughts and discussions, I have decided to present my candidacy," Yayha wrote on his official Twitter account confirming the decision.

In what has been a dramatic two days in African football, the five candidates are now expected to contest for the head of CAF, which comes with the place of vice-president at FIFA.

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