SAFA clarifies Motsepe presidency bid

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) has explained the decision to submit Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe a candidate for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency.

The CAF Executive Committee, which current SAFA president Danny Jordaan serves as third vice-president behind Fouzi Lekjaa and Ahmad Ahmad is set to hold their elective general assembly on 12 March 2021 in Rabat, Morocco.

In what marks the end of the four-year term of Ahmad, the CAF exco committee and FIFA Council, Motsepe and Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast are two of the confirmed candidates submitted for the upcoming elections.

Ahmad has yet to confirm whether he will stand for election for a potential second term in office and while Motsepe's bid has come as a surprise, SAFA has explained why he's an ideal candidate for the role.

"The SAFA National Executive Committee approved a round-robin resolution by an overwhelming majority to nominate Dr Patrice Motsepe for the position of President of CAF. His football and business success is well recorded in our continent and in the World," read part of the statement released on Monday.

"We are convinced that his business acumen, his strict observance of governance, his legal training, his global business network and his commitment and love for African and world football makes him a revolutionary choice for the leadership of African Football.

"The post-Covid continental and global football environment require football and commercial partners to re-examine its competition offering. African Football must achieve higher revenue levels for the benefit of its members.

"It must improve its global profile and standing in the confederation of FIFA. We believe he is the candidate that can achieve this for the benefit of African Football."

Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Botswana and Zimbabwe's football federations have endorsed the nomination as they back Motsepe to lead African football beyond post-covid era and subsequently the vice-president of FIFA.

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