Patrice Motsepe is elected as the seventh elected President of the African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Sofitel Hotel in Rabat, Morocco.South Africa was the only declared candidate, following the announcement of the withdrawals of Ivorian Jacques Anouma, Senegalese Augustin Senghor and Mauritania’s candidate, Ahmed Yahya. The outgoing President, Ahmad Ahmad, who was suspended for two years, was unable to run again.
It was not a vote as such but just the formalization of the new function of South African Patrice Motsepe. The latter presented himself this Friday, March 12 without opposition to the 43rd General Assembly of the CAF in Rabat. He was thus elected president of the Caf for a four-year term until the next elective convention in 2025.
The election of South Africa was facilitated by the consensus reached in Rabat in February 2021 in the presence of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The other contenders, Augustin Senghor from Senegal, Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya and Jacques Anouma from Côte d’Ivoire, agreed to withdraw in exchange for leadership positions. The Senegalese candidate Augustin Senghor becomes the 1st Vice-President and the Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya becomes the 2nd Vice-President. The Ivorian, Jacques Anouma, is the special adviser to the elected candidate.
Patrice Motsepe’s campaign took him to Cameroon, Morocco, Egypt and Qatar, meeting with countless heads of African football associations. These trips coincided with events such as the African Nations Championship (Chan), an executive meeting of the Caf, the final of the Caf Champions League and the Fifa Club World Cup.
Patrice Motsepe was thus off to a good start since it seemed to have the support of a bloc of 13 of the 14 member associations of Cosafa (Council of Southern African Football Associations), a large part of Cecafa (Council of East and Central African Football Associations).
His election was therefore very likely, which made possible the agreement reached with the other three candidates.