The SA soccer chief admitted the Downs president had initially been ‘written off’ as a possible candidate by international soccer officers
Safa president Danny Jordaan has in contrast Mamelodi Sundowns proprietor Patrice Motsepe’s election because the Caf president as being on par with South Africa’s internet hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
On the Caf basic meeting in Rabat, Morocco final Friday, Motsepe was confirmed because the eighth president of Caf, and the primary individual from the southern area of the continent to carry the essential place.
Motsepe, who takes over from Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad, ran uncontested for the presidency after Fifa chief Gianni Infantino satisfied Senegal’s Augustin Senghor and Mauritania’s Ahmad Yahya to step down in return for different positions.
What units Motsepe apart is that he has not beforehand labored as an official for a soccer federation – his focus has been on his enterprise empire, and in overseeing Sundowns however not essentially working the membership each day.
“So far all seven of the earlier Caf presidents had headed up their nation’s nationwide federations,” Jordaan instructed IOL.
“Motsepe didn’t go that route, and he broke the mould of presidents presiding over the nationwide controlling physique.
“It can at all times be remembered as a special occasion within the annals of Safa as a result of by no means earlier than has a Caf president been chosen from its ranks,” the Safa boss continued. “This occasion is correct up there with our Fifa World Cup internet hosting as a result of we did the nation proud.
“Now Safa has given African soccer a pacesetter, a trailblazer in each sense of the phrase. His election is exclusive, and Safa might be proud that their nomination turned the winner.”
It was Jordaan who had initially put Motsepe ahead for the Caf prime job, in accordance with the identical IOL report.
“The thought took individuals unexpectedly as a result of Motsepe had by no means occupied positions within the construction of nationwide soccer. This was often the prerequisite when trying to nominate individuals for the President of Caf,” Jordaan additional elaborated.
“As soon as all my fellow countrymen agreed, we assembled a staff to marketing campaign in a number of nations in Africa,” he defined.
“At first, there have been officers from a number of nations who’ve by no means heard of Patrice Motsepe. He was instantly written off.
“It was stated he was not a President of a federation and he was not identified in Caf. After some convincing and as soon as his credentials turned identified, there was basic approval.”