Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe’s path to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidency appears to have become smoother after it emerged his rivals for the seat have been convinced to withdraw from the race and serve under him.
According to insiders, Fifa president Gianni Infantino had brokered a deal that could see Mauritania’s Ahmad Yahya and Senegal’s Augustin Senghor take up the first and second vice-president seats at the Caf elective congress in Rabat, Morocco, on March 12.
The insiders also said Motsepe travelled to Morocco at the weekend to conclude the groundbreaking deal with Senghor and Yahya.
“Senghor‚ Motsepe and Yahya are in Morocco. They have been in Morocco since this weekend‚” said the insider.
“The Caf presidential candidates have reached an agreement and his [Motsepe’s] competitors will be his first and second vice-presidents.
“Motsepe is in Morocco concluding it.”
The deal will complete an amazing journey for the Sundowns boss a few gave him a chance when he embarked on the journey to assume the most powerful football seat on the continent last year.