Although he is not at Chloorkop overseeing the day-to-day running of the club, it’s understood no major decision is taken without Patrice Motsepe giving the go ahead.
So his quest for the CAF presidency would leave a vacuum that needs to be filled almost immediately.
The protracted contract talks for now former coach Pitso Mosimane is a typical example of how, even though general manager Kenneth Makhanya and Yogesh Singh, the head of legal at Downs, had been hands on – it was Motsepe who still had to make the final call and Siya sources say he insisted on making the announcement himself.
Motsepe is believed to have been directly involved in talks with Manqoba Mnqgithi and Rulani Mokwena on the way forward after Mosimane resigned.
Confirmation of their appointment as joint head coaches came with Motsepe’s comments attached, and indications are that he also had a hand in Steve Komphela’s arrival as “senior coach” at Chloorkop.
Should he become the CAF president next year, his SAFA counterpart Danny Jordaan has already indicated that Motsepe would have to step down from his powerful role at Downs – what that will look like has not yet been clarified.
In all likelihood, Motsepe will have to delegate to those he trusts to take over operations at the club and make the final decisions in his “absence”, albeit during the four years that he would be CAF president.
It would be longer if he sought to be re-elected.
Makhanya is no longer at Chloorkop after his one-year contract came to an end recently, while Singh appears to be the second in command.
The legal guru and commercial manager is in charge of player contracts and so much more, though under strict instructions from his boss, Motsepe.
Siya sources have suggested that it often depends on the project or business at the time to dictate who the Downs owner will pick to lead the assignment if he is not directly involved or wants to only come in to rubber stamp a decision.
The club has five directors listed on its website and together they form the Sundowns board, where Motsepe, presumably, has the final word on matters.
Dr. Rejoice Simelane is the name that’s most familiar as she sits on the Premier Soccer League’s executive committee and was re-elected last week.
She is also an executive director at African Rainbow Capital, a company where Motsepe is a non-executive chairman.
Freddy Greaver, Andrew Matube, Andre Wilkens and Sandile Langa are also listed as directors at Downs, so perhaps any one of them could step up and hold the fort while Motsepe runs the CAF show.
There is an outside chance of Trott Moloto also being hands-on given how long he has been at the club and the admiration Motsepe has for the former coach.
Story by @superjourno
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