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South African businessman Patrice Motsepe has been officially elected as the President of the Confederation of African Football.
Motsepe, 59, succeeds Ahmad Ahmad and becomes the first President from a predominantly English-speaking country to head the continent’s football ruling body.
The billionaire owner of South African Premier League club Mamelodi Sundowns was elected unopposed on Friday in Morocco after his three opponents, Cote d’Ivoire’s Jacques Anouma, Senegalese FA President Augustin Senghor and Mauritanian FA President Ahmed Yahya, all withdrew following FIFA intervention.
Ahmad would have given Motsepe a tough contest for the position, but the man from Madagascar was prevented from running for reelection with a FIFA bad imposed on him for financial misconduct.