South African mining mogul, Patrice Motsepe, has got big dreams to transform football in Africa. Motsepe unveiled his 10-point manifesto for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidency race on Thursday.
With elections set for 12 March 2021 in Morocco, Motsepe launched his manifesto at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg and said he wants to make a mark as head of Africa’s football.
Sport Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan and Premier Soccer League CEO Dr Irvin Khoza, presidents of the Nigeria and Benin football associations, Amaju Pinnick and Moucharafou Anjorin, were among the dignitaries in attendance.
The 59-year-old is one of the four candidates vying for the position alongside president of the Senegalese Football Federation, Augustin Senghor, former president of the Ivorian Football Federation, Ivorian Jacques Anouma and president of the Mauritanian Football Federation, Ahmed Yahya.
Meanwhile, Malagasy politician and football leader, Ahmad Ahmad is ineligible to run for re-election due to a corruption scandal hanging over his head.
During the Motsepe press conference, the Mamelodi Sundowns owner sought to clear the rumours that he would seek to move the CAF headquarters from Cairo to Johannesburg if he is elected. He said it was important to acknowledge “the history, the pride and the good work of the people of Cairo”.
Motsepe also distanced himself from speculation that his bid was in part aimed at ending Morocco’s role in CAF.
Part of Motsepe’s plan include focusing on policy development, developing women’s soccer, investing in infrastructure across Africa, and boosting tourism and business.
Below is the 10-point plan that Motsepe says will be his foundation should he be elected the next CAF president:
· Investing in developing and growing football in each African country and building partnerships and sponsorship with the private sector and other potential partners.
· Improving the efficiency and professionalism of CAF's competitions and its staff.
· Implementing and adhering to governance and auditing global best practices.
· Investing in African football infrastructure.
· Investing in youth and in the future of African football.
· Developing and growing women's football.
· Protecting the integrity and professionalising refereeing.
· Video assistant referees (VAR).
· Statutory reforms.
· Partnerships with FIFA and other continental governing bodies.