Monday, July 15, 2024

BFA throws its weight behind Motsepe

Botswana Football Association newly appointed national executive committee (NEC) has taken a position to support Dr Patrice Motsepe’s candidature for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency at the upcoming CAF elective conference.

This was confirmed by BFA chief executive officer, Mfolo Mfolo in an interview with The Telegraph Sport.

“The NEC unanimously took a decision to support the candidacy of Mr Patrice Motsepe for the CAF Presidency” explained Mfolo.

However, the BFA chief was not committed to comment on together the government nor the minister of Sport, Tumiso Rakgare, was informed of the BFA stance.

When asked what was the reaction of the minster or that of the government, Mfolo said “I cannot comment on that for now.”

Usually the government as the main sponsor of sport is consulted even though the BFA is an independent body reporting to CAF and FIFA. Football does not allow the interference of governments in football matters. 

Mfolo also could not explain why BFA leadership has taken a decision to rally behind the Mamelodi premiership owner.

Asked what is Motsepe’s vision on football that made Botswana to support him, Mfolo said “He is a Football person and his transformational leadership and business acumen positions him as a suitable candidate to lead Africa Football body.”

CAF elections like the local football election always attract a lot of attention and often are surrounded by controversy.

The current CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad has also shown interest to seek the second term at the helm of the continental football governing body. 

Motsepe’s candidature was launched on Monday at SAFA headquarters by SAFA PRESIDENT, Danny Jodan and South African minister of Sport Mthethwa.


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