Motsepe to be named CAF president

Mar 8, 2021, 1:30 PM

South African Patrice Motsepe will be named president of the African football confederation on March 12 in Rabat and will succeed Ahmad, the Malagasy. And for good reason, its main challengers, including Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Ivorian Jacques Anouma, preferred to agree through the famous Rabat protocol "imposed" by FIFA and its boss, Gianni Infantino.

Augustin Senghor recalls, through a press release, that after consultations with the Senegalese authorities during the discussions in Rabat and the approval of the FSF emergency committee during its meeting held on Tuesday, March 02, 2021, taking into account of the particular context of this campaign, he decided to accept the consensual proposal which was submitted by Fifa, Morocco and Egypt, this in the name of the superior interest of the unity of African Football put forward in his profession of faith.

He believes that this is the best decision to take after a lucid analysis of the current situation of CAF and the imperative need to favor a synergy of actions of all skills to redress it: a Team, a Team to raise African Football.

As a reminder, this proposal was discussed in Rabat exclusively by the 4 candidates during 3 successive sessions on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday March 28 at 11 a.m. then at 3 p.m.

The said discussions resulted in an agreement in principle on 2 points:
- a programmatic axis consisting in agreeing on a common management program resulting from the synthesis of the manifestos of the 4 candidates and which should be widely shared subsequently with all the member associations and actors of African football in a participatory and inclusive approach of collective appropriation.
- an axis of collegial and concerted governance based on consensual distribution of functions within the office of the executive committee between the candidates in the running, namely Messrs Patrice Motsepe, Augustin Senghor, Ahmed Yahya and Jacques Anouma with well-defined and complementary responsibilities.

For his part, Jacques Anouma has decided not to run for the presidency of CAF. As the last possible candidate against Patrice Motsepe the South African, the Ivorian made it known in a statement that he was stepping down.

So the Rabat protocol is well under way. Moreover, this Saturday, March 6, 2021, all 4 protagonists are expected to sign in the presence of Infantino an agreement in Nouakchott to endorse what was decided in Rabat last weekend.

Thus, Me Augustin Senghor, the Senegalese football boss, will occupy the post of first vice-president of CAF and Ahmed Yahya, president of the Mauritanian football federation, will recover the post of second vice-president. Finally Jacques Anouma of Côte d'Ivoire will serve as special advisor to the president, which is a big victory for Infantino in his quest for re-election as FIFA leader.