Motsepe CAF bid hangs in balance

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The Governance Committee of the Confederation of African Football has ruled two out of five potential candidates for the continental organisation’s presidency eligible to stand for election.

Among the three whose fate hangs in the balance before a single ballot is cast is South African contender Patrice Motsepe.

The Governance Committee met in Cairo on January 5 and 6, 2021 to conduct eligibility checks on candidates for the presidency and the Executive Committee ahead of the March 12 elections in Rabat, Morocco.

"Five candidatures officially stood for the presidency and 16 candidatures registered for the position of members of the executive committee," CAF said.

The two declared eligible to contest for the presidency are Augustin Emmanuel Senghor from Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire’s Jacques Bernard Daniel Anouma.

The 55-year-old Senghor is a lawyer who has been president of the Senegalese Football Federation since 2009; while 69-year-old Anouma is former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, former president of the Ivorian Football Federation and honorary president of the Ivorian Football Federation.

The CAF Governance Committee said it needed to conduct further checks into the eligibility of Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe,and  Mauritania FA president Ahmed Yahya.

A decision will be made on January 28.

The fifth aspirant, outgoing CAF president Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar was ruled ineligible to stand. World soccer governing body FIFA in 2020 banned Ahmad from football activities for five years for financial misconduct.

Of the 16 candidates vying to become Executive Committee members, 13 were deemed eligible to stand, and these are: Kurt Okraku (Ghana), Wadie Jary (Tunisia), Mustapha Ishola Raji (Liberia), Djibrilla Hima Hamidou (Niger), Adoum Djibrine (Chad), Suleiman Waberi (Djibouti), Isayas Jira (Ethiopia), Feizal Ismael Sidat (Mozambique), Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles), Maclean Cortez Letshwiti (Botswana), Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros), Patricia Rajeriarison (Madagascar), and Lawson Hogban-Latre-Kayti Edzona (Togo).

The Governance Committee said Mamadou Antonio Souare (Guinea), Seidou Mbombo Njoya (Cameroon), and Arthur De Almeida E Silva (Angola) will know whether or not they can contest on January 28.

Meanwhile, Botswana Football Association (BFA) president Maclean Letshwiti is confident of getting a seat on the CAF Executive Committee.

“I would like to announce my candidacy for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) EXCO member COSAFA region in the elective congress slated for March 12, 2021 in Casablanca, Morocco. This is my first time running for the position, and now more than ever, I think it’s time … it’s time to bring in new ideas, new faces, progressive thinking, and most importantly, progressive action,” said Letshwiti this week.

As a businessman with over 30 years of experience, Letshwiti has steered listed and private companies, and believes his background will add value to CAF.

“In football circles, I’m a revered trailblazer, with an incredible knack for perfectionism, having served as member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, member of Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, member of COSAFA Executive Committee as well as Chairman of COSAFA Legal and Statutes Committee. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia I also served as a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee,” added Letshwiti.

COSAFA gets two seats on the CAF Executive Committee, and Letshwiti will battle it out for these against Feizal Ismael Sidat (Mozambique), Elvis Raja Chetty (Seychelles), Kanizat Ibrahim (Comoros), Patricia Rajeriarison (Madagascar) and Arthur De Almeida E Silva (Angola).

Reporting by Bright Mpepe in Lilongwe & Mpho Tebele in Gaborone

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