South African Patrice Motsepe, one of Africa’s richest men, has announced his intention to become the next president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Motsepe, who is also the chairman of 2016 African club champions Mamelodi Sundowns, becomes the third person to bid for the role, after incumbent Ahmad and Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast.
Motsepe is Africa’s tenth richest man, according to Forbes magazine which estimates his wealth at $2.4 billion.
He is the second candidate to announce a CAF presidential bid in less than 48 hours, after Anouma – a former member of the FIFA Council between 2007 and 2015 – was formally backed by the Ivorian federation on Saturday evening.
Reigning president Ahmad, meanwhile, submitted his candidacy in October but his ability to contest March 2021’s elections is in doubt given that he is set to face a ban from football after being found to have breached various FIFA’s ethic codes, according to BBC Sport Africa.
Ahmad, who was questioned by French anti-corruption authorities last year without being charged, has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Motsepe’s bid, which comes ahead of Thursday’s deadline for candidates to formally register their interest, breaks the traditional contestants for the CAF presidency, which has been restricted to high-ranking members of African football’s ruling body in the past.
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