Failures, nepotism, wars of influence… The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been plagued by scandal. The latest: a chaotic situation surrounding television rights, which has damaged African football.
This is part 2 of a 3-part investigative series
The new kings:
Here are the rising stars of the new order at the Confederation of African Football; the men who have made it under the new boss.
Elected with applause in March 2021 to the head of CAF, the South African was the only candidate to succeed Ahmad Ahmad.
A 59-year-old billionaire, Patrice Motsepe is the embodiment of the black elite that prospered after apartheid.
One of his elder sisters is the wife of the head of state, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick
Amaju Melvin Pinnick also worked behind the scenes to get Motsepe elected. The 51 year old has seen his activism rewarded by joining FIFA’s executive council, like Fouzi Lekjaa (see below). President of the Nigerian Federation since 2014, his re-election in 2018 was challenged by the government in Abuja before FIFA put its foot down.