New CAF President calls for unity

The newly elected Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe has called for unity among African football fraternity. This, he believes, is the only way “football in Africa will experience success and growth that it has not enjoyed in the past”.

“Africa needs collective wisdom, but also the exceptional talent and work of every (national football association) president and every member nation.

“When we all work together, football in Africa will experience success and growth that it has not enjoyed in the past”, the new president added.

Dr. Motsepe also touched on the need to improve the image of soccer in Africa as well as the image of CAF itself.

“I’m very excited. There is a great deal of urgency of getting things done. There is going to be a lot of work and a lot of running. We have to make sure that African football is not just competitive but globally successful. Africa spends millions of dollars every year paying for tv rights of leagues outside Africa. There is a need to build our own products and we will succeed.

“The face of African football will never be the same again. 95% of our conversations will be about football and that is fine but there must be that 5% where we discuss the importance of the private sector partnerships. We need to restore the pride, the dignity, and the respect of Africa”, he noted.

Dr. Motsepe was elected as CAF President by acclamation during the 43rd CAF Congress in Rabat, Morocco. Other members of the new CAF leadership include Mathurin de Chacus (Benin), Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone), Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco), Amaju Pinnick (Nigeria), and Mamoutou Touré (Mali) who will all join Hany Abo Rida (Egypt) on FIFA’s Council, while Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros) and Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon) were elected to the CAF Executive Committee. Other regional appointments were also made with Wadie Jary (Tunisia) elected to the northern zone and Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles) and Maclean Letshwiti (Botswana) both elected to represent the southern zone.
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