Just four days after he was elected the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe set out his plans to take Africa football forward. He made this known at a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Motsepe automatically won the election on Friday at a CAF General Assembly meeting in Morocco after his running mates pulled out of the presidential race.
The rest of the candidates decided to withdraw themselve from contesting along with the South African billionaire after a deal was brokered by the world governing body FIFA.
The 59-year old football club owner said that African football must aspire to have one of their national teams win the World Cup in the near future.
“During the next World Cup and also during the forthcoming World Cups, that African nations compete (in) and, if you look at what we said in the manifesto, it’s part of our plan that an African team must win the World Cup. I think let’s clap hands for that.”
“We have to, we need to get the private sector to sponsor African football. We must increase the sponsorship for the AFCON Africa Cup of Nations), making it significantly more substantial. We must increase the sponsorship for the Champions League, the African Champions League.”
Patrice Motsepe also promised to be more proactive in bringing together the 56 member associations that make up the CAF.
Being the president of CAF, Motsepe automatically becomes a FIFA vice president and a member of the world football governing council FIFA.