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Africa’s ninth richest person, Patrice Motsepe, appointed as new CAF president

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South African billionaire and Africa’s ninth richest person Patrice Motsepe has been confirmed as the new Confederation of African Football president.

He was confirmed as the new president during the organisation’s 43rd Ordinary General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco on Friday.

Motsepe, who is the owner of South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, was elected unopposed to replace outgoing Ahmad Ahmad, whose three-year reign promised much but was ultimately mottled by accusations of nepotism, corruption and embezzlement.

Ahmad Ahmad was suspended in November after being found guilty of breaching four separate articles of Fifa’s ethics code and banned from all football-related activity for five y

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Dr Patrice Motsepe’s first words upon his election as Caf president:

“I thank my brother Gianni, for the vision and the encouragement of unity. We can only deal with the challenges of Africa when we are united.”

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