The task of projecting African football onto the world stage began following the election of Patrice Motsepe as CAF President by acclamation at the 43rd CAF Congress, held in Rabat, Morocco. Mr Motsepe will lead not only a revised African confederation, but an organization that will see substantial changes at the level of the CAF Executive Committee and the FIFA Council (www.FIFA.com) following various elections which have also taken place.
Mathurin de Chacus (Benin), Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone), Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco), Amaju Pinnick (Nigeria) and Mamoutou Touré (Mali) will all join Hany Abo Rida (Egypt) on the FIFA Council, while Kanizat Ibrahim ( Comoros) and Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon) were elected to the CAF Executive Committee. Other regional nominations were also made with Wadie Jary (Tunisia) elected in the northern zone and Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles) and Maclean Letshwiti (Botswana) both elected to represent the southern zone.
“Africa needs the collective wisdom, but also the exceptional talent and work of each president (of a national football association) and each member nation,” said new CAF president Patrice Motsepe. “When we all work together, football in Africa will experience success and growth that it has not enjoyed in the past.”
This is a position fully supported by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who also took the opportunity to congratulate all the presidential candidates for their collective vision and team spirit.
“I would like to congratulate Patrice Motsepe for his wisdom, his commitment, for his passion,” said the FIFA President. “I wish the best for the next four years, to the new management team of CAF, of African football, and to Patrice Motsepe, to all those who were involved, to Augustin Senghor, Ahmed Yahya, Jacques Anouma, who will now play important roles in the administration of the CAF. You all want a strong and united Africa, moving forward. It is thanks to you, it is your decision, your wish, your hope and your ambition. I want to assure you that FIFA is not by your side, FIFA is with you. “