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CAF Presidential Race: Contenders Reduced to Four.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections to be held in March 2021 will see the five contenders dropped to four.

This comes after the FIFA Adjudicatory Committee banned incumbent, Ahmad for five years after found guilty of having breached art. 15 (Duty of Loyalty), Art. 20 (offering and accepting gift or other benefits) and art.25 (Abuse of position) of the  2020 edition of the FIFA code of ethics as well as art 28 (mismanagement of funds) a violation of the 20218points FIFA code of ethics.

The 60 year-old who was elected president of CAF on March 17, 2017, at the CAF General Assembly in Addis Ababa won 34 votes out of 54. But since his ascension as head of CAF,  he has been under the investigative microscope of FIFA.

On November 12, 2020 CAF revealed the five contenders for next year’s elections but has been reduced to four following the ban of the incumbent.

The four Remaining Contenders. 

Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)

Patrice Motsepe

Mostsepe is a descent of Tswana and is a mining billionaire businessman.  He is the founder and executive chairman of Africa Rainbow Minerals.

On a football perspective,  he is the owner of current South Africa champions,  Mamelodi Sundowns.

He joined the presidential race after receiving the endorsement of the South African FA.

Jacque Anouma (Cote d’Ivoire)

Jacque Anouma

The former Ivorian FA boss is also another contender for the CAF Presidential Race.  He received the backing of the Ivorian FA.

He is a former member of the executive board of FIFA and he is contesting for the CAF presidency in seven years after his first attempt.

Under his reign as Ivorian FA boss,  the Ivorian National team qualified for their maiden world cup in Germany in 2006.

Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania)

Ahmed Yahya

He was the fourth candidate to announce his intentions to run for CAF presidency.

He has been at the head of Mauritania football since 2011 and was reelected in to office following a landslide victory.

In 2017,  he was named the continent’s best football administrator at the 2017 CAF awards.

Under his reign, Mauritania qualified for the maiden AFCON in Egypt last year after beating Botswana in November 2019.

Augustine Senghor (Senegal)

Augustin Senghor

Though part of the CAF executive committee,  Senghor might not agree with the ideology of the present regime, Reasons  why he announced his intentions to run for  caf presidency.

He has been president of the Senegal FA since 2009 and he is the president of top flight club US Goree.

Under his reign,  the taranga lions have ascended to the summit of African football in recent years as the Senegal national team is ranked 21st in FIFA rankings and number one in the continent.

With the suspension of the incumbent,  Constant Omari, the first vice-president of CAF will head the Pan African Football organization till further notice.

 

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