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Motsepe Confirms Downs Successor If He Wins CAF

Mamelodi Sundowns boss Patrice Motsepe has confirmed who would fill his shoes at the club if he were to be elected CAF president.

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Speaking to journalists at the launch of his manifesto this week, the Downs chairman was asked if there was a succession plan already in place at Chloorkop should he win in his bid to become the head of African football on March 12.

The mining mogul said his “son” would take over, but was unclear about which one of the three, though Siya sources have indicated he was referring to Thlopane Motsepe, who shares his middle name.  

“Let me talk quickly about the question of Sundowns losing me. Sundowns will never lose me

My heart and soul will always be with Mamelodi Sundowns. Why my wife is here‚ and why my children are here is because of the deep‚ deep emotional commitment we have to Mamelodi Sundowns. And I’m talking here not just of the love but also the financial commitment,” Motsepe told journalists.

“If I’m honoured and privileged to be elected I will have to step aside. You can’t have a president who has to introduce all these fundamental changes and then I sit there and Sundowns are playing the Champions League final‚ and the referee makes funny decisions. And they say ‘you see’. I’ve got to step away. In our culture, my son is going to be the new chairman, and his mother will be there‚ and his brothers will be there. The jersey of president will be retired until there’s a new president at CAF‚ in which case I will come back.”

He said Rejoice Simelane, who was re-elected on the PSL executive committee in November and also sits on the Downs board will also help run the club.

“Dr Rejoice will be deputy chairman and will be there to back up my son with all  the people there like Yogesh (Singh, who is a senior official). Of course the key person for me, from a family perspective, is my wife‚ because she has the unique love and also guidance,” Motsepe added.

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