After the Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Ivorian Jacques Anouma, the Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya announced in a press release this Saturday, March 6 that he no longer wants to run for the top job (presidency) of CAF. South African Patrice Motsepe is now a lone runner.
Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya, who announced his candidacy for the presidency of the Confederation of Africnan Football (CAF) on November 9, 2020, decided this Saturday March 6 to abandon the election to be held on March 12 in Rabat. A day before, Senegalese born Augustin Senghor and the Ivorian Jacques Anouma had done the same.
There is therefore only one candidate left, the South African Patrice Motsepe.
The four men were spotted in Nouakchott today for the under 20 AFCON finale. The post of vice-president reportedly goes to Augustin Senghor, and that second vice-president for Ahmed Yahya. As for the Ivorian Jacques Anouma, he should inherit the title of “special adviser” of the president.
Patrice Motsepe, SA billionaire, owner of the Mamelodi Sundowns, should thus become the first English speaking president to lead the institution created in 1957 and based in Cairo.
CAF’s image has been marred by financial scandals and the outgoing president, Ahmad Ahmad, who was suspended for five years by Fifa in November on suspicion of corruption. He was temporarily reinstated in his functions by a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at the end of January.
The Malagasy was also heard on March 2 and 3 by CAS and is now desperately waiting to know the verdict of the supreme body in sports disputes. Ahmad was poised to run for a second term but saw his candidacy rejected. A better image of CAF after all that has happened.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has denied interfering in the CAF elections.
According to several close sources, Patrice Motsepe has the preference of Fifa, who wants someone new, not involved in the old management, to attract new sponsors, investors and give CAF a supposed better image after all. that happened. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has denied interfering in the CAF elections.