Many imagine that Patrice Motsepe’s billionaire standing signifies that he is chasing Caf’s prime job for the proper purpose – his love of the sport
South African soccer legend and Jomo Cosmos proprietor and head coach, Jomo Sono, believes that Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe is the perfect candidate to take African soccer ahead right into a brighter future.
Motsepe is operating unopposed for the Caf presidential place, following the withdrawal of Jacques Anouma, Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya, who’re believed to have made an settlement on this regard with Fifa president Gianni Infantino.
The Sundowns boss is anticipated to be confirmed as the brand new Caf president on the 42nd version of Caf’s Basic Meeting, which takes place in Rabat, Morocco on Friday.
Sono has little question that his South African compatriot, who can also be a extremely profitable billionaire businessman, is the perfect individual for the job.
“Africa has a historical past of squandering cash. Africa has at all times had the issue of cash and management,” mentioned Sono advised the Every day Solar.
“I believe he’ll restructure African soccer administration higher than all former presidents. We simply hope by the point his time period ends [in 2026]), he would have restructured African soccer. I pray for him.
“Take a look at what he’s turned Mamelodi Sundowns into at present. It’s troublesome to compete with Sundowns in South Africa, and even in Africa. They’ve an enormous probability of qualifying for the Champions League ultimate once more.
The Ezenkosi proprietor additionally emphasised that Motsepe’s ardour is only for the sport and never for monetary achieve.
“With him it’s totally different. His curiosity is all about soccer,” Sono added.
“I don’t assume his curiosity is about cash. He’s the one man who put in cash into novice soccer at Safa, the place that they had a primary prize of R1 million [for the winners of the ABC Motsepe League, South Africa’s third division].
“You possibly can see that he loves the sport. He’s introduced groups like Barcelona right here in South Africa. He loves the sport. I believe he took it from his late father as a result of he too he cherished the sport dearly.”
Ought to Motsepe be named president as anticipated, he’ll turn out to be the eighth Caf chief since 1958 and can succeed Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, who on Monday obtained a two-year ban from the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport after being discovered responsible of violating a number of Fifa ethics codes.