FIFA clears Motsepe, Ahmed Yahya’s CAF presidential bids

FIFA’s Review Committee has cleared South African businessman Patrice Motsepe and Mauritania’s Ahmed Yahya’s bids to run for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Motsepe and Yahya’s bids to run for the continent’s biggest football seat were dealt with huge doubt in January after CAF questioned the duo’s eligibility to run for the office.

CAF said in a statement on January 8, that further checks were necessary over the eligibility of Motsepe and Yahya to run for CAF presidency.

CAF through an Emergency Committee meeting chaired by interim president Constant Omar failed to determine the eligibility of the duo’s candidacy.

It was then revealed by CAF that further verification was to be done at the end of January before it was determined that FIFA would review their credentials.

But FIFA has cleared the two men to contest in the March 12 elections where they will vie against Senegal FA president and CAF Executive Committee member Augustin Senghor and Ivorian Jacques Anouma.

Motsepe, is considered to be the 10th wealthiest man in Africa and has been behind the growth of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns into an African powerhouse.

On the other hand, Yahya has been at the helm of the Mauritania Football Association for over 10 years since he was elected president in 2009.

CAF will have a new president after incumbent Ahmad Ahmad who had shown interest to run for re-election was banned for five years by FIFA in November for fraud and misuse of office.

Ahmad had received overwhelming support for a second term, with 46 out of the 54 member associations showing support for a second term.

The Malagasy is ineligible to run in the elections, and while he is appealing the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a reprieve is expected to come too late for him to be included on the candidates’ list.

The elections set for March will take place in the Moroccan capital Rabat, with the victor automatically becoming a FIFA Vice President during his four-year term.

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