Newly elected Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe has tasked african nations to win the FIFA World Cup very soon most importantly under his tenure.
The South African business mogul raised the bar for black nations yesterday in his press conference saying they must win the four year tournament.
“An African team must win the World Cup in the near future,” said the 59-year-old South African
Patrice Motsepe replaced Ahmad Ahmad as tbe CAF Supremo last week after the Malagasy was disqualified from the elections due to his two year ban from FIFA.
The South African promised to leave office after his four-year term if CAF “does not make real progress” under his leadership.
“We must stop being excessively pessimistic and negative (about the World Cup), there is no continent that has succeeded by dwelling on its failures.”
No African nation has gone past the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, with Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) being the only nations from the Sahara to make it to the quarters.
All Africa’s representative ( Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia) at the last mundial failed to go past the group stage.
But Motsepe was confident as he spoke in South Africa for the first time since he became the president of African football.
“I am confident African football will succeed, become self-sufficient, and the best in the world,” predicted the owner of 2016 CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns.