Mamelodi Sundowns boss, Patrice Motsepe, has been confirmed as a surprise candidate for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency.
South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, confirmed the association's endorsement of Motsepe in a press conference on Monday.
It initially seemed like current CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad, would run unopposed for re-election, but the race was thrown open with the announcement of Motsepe's candidacy and the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) endorsing Jacques Anouma's bid for the same position.
In the latest developments, President of the Mauritanian Football Federation, Ahmed Yahya, and President of the Senegalese Football Federation, Augustin Senghor, have also joined the race for the CAF presidency.
Amaju Pinnick of Nigeria - has decided against standing for the position and instead joined Botswana and Sierra Leone in backing Motsepe.
But why did SAFA nominate Motsepe for CAF President?
“The SAFA National Executive Committee approved a round-robin resolution by an overwhelming majority to nominate Dr Patrice Motsepe for the position of President of CAF. His football and business success is well recorded in our continent and in the world,” explained SAFA in a statement.
With countries only able to nominate one candidate for CAF's executive committee, including the presidency, Motsepe's bid means Jordaan can no longer apply for the Fifa Council role that he has long coveted.
The deadline for submitting applications is midnight of Thursday 12 November and the CAF presidential election will take place during the federation's Elective General Assembly scheduled for March next year in Rabat, Morocco.