Lilongwe – Billionaire South African businessman Patrice Motsepe says his eldest son will take over the reins at Mamelodi Sundowns should he be elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) come the March poll.
While unveiling his 10-point manifesto for the CAF presidency, Motsepe said his wife, Precious Moloi Motsepe, would also assist in the running of one of South Africa’s biggest football clubs.
“If I get elected as CAF president, I will step aside. I’ve got to retire and my son will replace me as the new president. But we have to wait and see if I will become the CAF president or not,” said Motsepe.
According to CAF rules, the president of the continental football governing body is not allowed to head or be associated with any club.
“My heart will always be with Sundowns. I will become an ordinary Sundowns fan. My son, I am throwing you into the deep end,” Motsepe added as he laid out his plans.
Motsepe is in the running for the African Continent Football top position with Cote d’Ivoire’s Jacques Anouma and Mauritania football federation president Ahmed Yahya.
The elections will be held on March 12 and the winner will take over from Ahmed Ahmed of Madagascar, whose presidency is coming to an ignominious end with accusations of financial misconduct clouding the last days of his tenure.
The Confederation of Southern African Football Associations and individual FAs from the region have thrown their lot in with Motsepe in the CAF elections.