July 25 – Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) president Patrice Motsepe has rubbished the persistent notion that he’s a puppet of FIFA boss Gianni Infantino, telling media it as an “previous story”.
On the eve of the Ladies’s Africa Cup of Nations ultimate in Morocco, Motsepe dismissed the notion that FIFA influences him or that the world federation has colonised CAF.
At a information convention, he stated: “One of many issues I like about Infantino is that there are such a lot of issues we agree on and so many we disagree on. I have a look at issues extra commercially. He has acquired way more expertise than I do on the insurance policies of soccer and most of the time he’s appropriate.”
“I need to guarantee you – have a look at Infantino’s monitor document earlier than I grew to become president. He did good, good work for Africa. The issue is he supported the biennial World Cup. We had been caught up on this subject about Infantino’s variations with totally different components of the World. From an African perspective, a World Cup each two years is sweet, however the World Cup s not solely about Africa, it’s in regards to the world.”
CAF was the primary confederation to endorse Zurich’s biennial revolution, which finally did not garner any traction.
CAF boss Motsepe has lengthy been believed to be an in depth ally of Infantino, whose assist was basic in getting the South African billionaire elected by acclamation within the confederation’s presidential elections in 2021.
On the eve of the vote and within the midst of a pandemic, Infantino jetted round Africa, elevating suspicions that he unduly influenced the electoral course of.
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