Africa: CAF President Dr Motsepe Confident of African Success in New Role

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Dr Patrice Motsepe has no doubt he will grow and develop the continental game over the next four years, but adds it will be a consultative process with input from all corners of Africa.

Dr Motsepe held a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday where he outlined his vision and the steps he will take to revive the financial fortunes and reputation of CAF.

In attendance was COSAFA President Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan and the chairman of the local Premier Soccer League, Dr Irvin Khoza.

“This period of leadership will be judged not by my election manifesto [but by action]. I am not going to be president of an organisation that four years from now has not made practical and tangible progress. It is not going to happen,” Dr Motsepe said.

“I am absolutely confident that over the next few years African football will improve, become globally competitive and self-sustaining.

“Over the next nine to 12 months, I will be visiting every single one of the African nations. I will also have two more meetings this year with all the presidents [of CAF member associations] and we will talk about the urgent steps we need to take to improve the game on the continent.

“At [FIFA] World Cup level we have to succeed and be respected. But the only thing that brings respect is results.”

Dr Motsepe said he was under no illusion that among the most important challenges facing him is to get more sponsorship revenue for clubs, tournaments and member associations in Africa.

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