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Patrice Motsepe receives Cosafa backing

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Aaron Nhawu
SPORTS WRITER
nhawua@dailynews.co.zw

COSAFA has endorsed Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidential candidate Patrice Motsepe of South Africa ahead of the Elective Extraordinary General Assembly set for next month in Morocco.

Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe are the full members of Cosafa.

Speaking at the just ended annual general meeting in Johannesburg, Cosafa president Philip Chiyangwa said the regional football bloc members have vowed to give Motsepe, the Mamelodi Sundowns president, full support.

The former Zifa boss said the southern Africa nations agreed that Motsepe is the best candidate to lead Caf into a new era of transparency and good governance.

“(Dr) Motsepe is our candidate, and we endorse him fully, we believe he has the right mix of business acumen and connections in the corporate world to lead Caf through what will be a difficult period in the coming years,” Chiyangwa is quoted saying by Cosafa TV.

“His name is synonymous with good governance and integrity, and he is the perfect candidate to meet the challenges football on our continent faces.” Chiyangwa also made reference to unity of purpose as often preached by Fifa president Gianni Infantino. The international football boss attended Sunday’s Cosafa AGM in Sandton at the invitation of Chiyangwa.

“Fifa president often talks of how unity is required in African football to move the game forward and we firmly believe Motsepe can bring that,” added Chiyangwa.

“His commitment to the role is obvious and the passion he clearly has for African football can never be questioned. “We will go to congress (on March 12) as a Cosafa collective and we will show unity to help Motsepe get elected.

“We are at a crucial stage for African football, that is quite clear, and what is required is strong and decisive leadership.

“That is how we will grow the game and provide the future we all want to see for African football. Motsepe is up against former Ivorian football administrator Jacques Anouma, president of the Senegal Football Association Augustin Senghor and Ahmed Yahya, the Mauritania football federation’s president.

The businessman-cumfootball administrator has built a business empire in the last three decades. He is the owner of South African Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns and is credited for being the driving force behind Sundowns becoming South Africa’s most successful club of the last decade.

Sundowns were also crowned African Champions League champions in 2016 after defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate.

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