Africa has been deemed as the source of great football talents. The likes of George Weah, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and the current stars such as Mo Salah anf Sadio Mane have been the solid proof of it. Ironically, the African football is in stagnacy. Their best well-known achievements were only reaching quarter finals in World Cup three times on the senior level. What’s worse, the corruption seems to be still entangled within its football association. The findings on ethical misconduct case on the CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad, the supposedly leading figure of the improvement in African football after ending Issa Hayatou’s three-decade reign, led to the current 5-year ban plus a fine of 200,000 Swiss Franc towards the 60-year old Madagascar man. According to the FIFA report of investigations, he breached the code of ethics due to abusing his position for offering and accepting gifts, being involved in CAF’s improper dealings and misappropriaton funds.
The ban surely ends his ambition to run for the second term of his administration.
Now the future of Africa lays on a number of faces who will be elected in Morocco on March, 12th 2021. Those expected new figures are South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, Augustin Senghor, president of Senegal FA,the head of the Mauritanian federation Ahmed Yahya and last but not least, Jacques Anouma of the Ivory Coast Football Federation.
The last name is certainly one familiar face in CAF elections. He had a interesting story in relation to it and Ahmad Ahmad’s predecessor, Issa Hayatou. The 68-year old Ivorian did attempt to run for CAF’s presidency campaign back in 2017.
His experience in leading two associations and being the member of FIFA executive commitee should have made him the ideal candidate for CAF top seat. Unfortunately, his ambition did not come to reality as Issa Hayatou tweaked the rule which made him ineligible to run his campaign. The candidate should be the member of CAF executive commitee, which he was not as he already joined FIFA. Now, one of the richest men in the continent is ready to give another shot next year.
His potential contender is the 58-year old Patrice Motsepe who comes to the list by surprise. He is known for his valuable business and commercial network which could be helpful in opening revenue opportunities for CAF in the future.