By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
Continental football mother body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) is on the verge of ceremoniously inducting South Africa’s businessman and Mamelodi Sundowns owner, Patrice Motsepe, as the leader of the African football, later this week.
The development follows after three of his rivals vying for the presidential post withdrew from the race for presidential elections that were scheduled for 12 March at Rabat in Morocco.
Media stress that FIFA president Gianni Infantino is the moderator to the deal, nonetheless the leader is reportedly said to have told reporters that he has nothing to do with the succession.
Furthermore, though his rivals withdrew, Motsepe’s induction was still on hold due to a pending judgement for former CAF president Ahmad Ahmad by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that banned him for corruption in November last year.
Reports indicate that he appealed against his suspension to be lifted as he wanted to contest in this year’s election, in order to retain his position, however it was more misery for Ahmad as CAS upheld its judgement on Monday, although reduced the suspension from five to two years.
Those that withdrew from the CAF presidential elections are Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast, Augustin Senghor from Senegal and Mauritania Football Federation president Ahmed Yahya, their resignation will see Motsepe crowned as the president.
Senghor and Yahya will be appointed as his vices, while Anouma is set to become the special advisor.
Motsepe will become the eighth CAF president and this will be his first football administration office.
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