Patrice Motsepe greets fans during the Telkom Knockout 2019 Final match between Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in this December 14 2019 file photo. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY
Patrice Motsepe greets fans during the Telkom Knockout 2019 Final match between Maritzburg United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in this December 14 2019 file photo. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY

Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe’s bid for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) is set to hit the home straight this week when he unveils his plans in the race for the most powerful seat in the continental game.

Motsepe’s attempt to assume the presidency has gained momentum in recent weeks and he enjoys staunch backing from SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan‚ Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) president Phillip Chiyangwa‚ Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick‚ SA’s regional neighbours Zambia‚ Zimbabwe‚ Botswana and Namibia‚ and West Africa’s Sierra Leone‚ among many others.

The 14 Cosafa nations pledged their support for Motsepe after an annual meeting of the regional nations in Sandton on Sunday. The Sundowns boss will have been encouraged by their support as he tries to assume the office Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad appears to be fighting very hard to keep.

Ahmad‚ banned from football for five years by Fifa for ethics violations in November 2020‚ was in January reinstated temporarily as Caf president by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) pending an appeal‚ which is to be heard on March 2.

Caf’s executive committee‚ in a heated meeting that Ahmad stormed out of a week ago in Yaounde‚ Cameroon‚ reportedly rejected the Cas reinstatement‚ and resolved that it would ultimately be Fifa’s decision whether Ahmad would be eligible to run on March 12.

The Cosafa nations confirmed in a statement that Motsepe would have their backing as they believe he is the best candidate to lead Caf into a new era of transparency and good governance.

The meeting was attended by Fifa president Gianni Infantino‚ SA sports minister Nathi Mthethwa‚ Jordaan and other regional football leaders.

Motsepe is running against Jacques Anouma of Ivory Coast‚ Augustin Senghor of Senegal and Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya for the Caf presidency in the March 12 elective conference in Rabat‚ Morocco.

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