Patrice Motsepe (Gallo Images)
Patrice Motsepe has revealed that there are plans for his eldest son Tlhopie to take over the reins in Mamelodi Sundowns if it is his CAF the candidacy for president proved successful.
Motsepe, 59, is vying for the prestigious position with Jacques Anouma of Côte d’Ivoire and the president of the Mauritania Football Association, Ahmed Yahja.
Speaking at the Sandton Convention Center on Thursday, where he presented his ten-point manifesto for the CAF presidency, Motsepe said: “Let me quickly discuss the issue of ‘sunsets losing me.’
“Sunsets will never lose me.
“My heart and soul will always be with Mamelodi Sundowns. But why my wife is here and why my children are here is a deep emotional commitment to Mamelodi Sundowns.
“I’m not just talking about love here, but also about financial commitment.
“… If I am honored, privileged and elected, I will have to retire [at Sundowns]. Because you can’t have a president who should introduce all these fundamental changes … and then I sit there and the Sundowns play the Champions League final, and the referee makes ridiculous decisions. And they say, “You see.”
“So I have to step down. And so,” in our culture, there will be my son (Tlhopie Motsepe) – you know, you don’t want to stop it – but there will be a new president. And his mother will be there, and his brothers will be there.
“So the president’s jersey will retire until there is a new president in the CAF, in which case I’ll be back.”
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