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CAF President Motsepe’s Former Rivals Named CAF Vice-Presidents

President of Senegal’s Football Federation Maitre Augustin Senghor looks on at a hotel in Dakar on May 17, 2018, during the announcement of squad members ahead of the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Two former opponents of CAF president Patrice Motsepe were named vice-presidents of Africa’s football governing body following a meeting of the newly elected CAF Executive Committee on Saturday in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

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Senegal Football Federation boss Augustin Senghor was co-opted in the Executive Committee and named first vice-president while his Mauritanian counterpart Ahmed Yahya was named second vice-president.

Senghor and Yahya, along with Jacques Anouma of Côte d’Ivoire, had been in the race against Motsepe to succeed Ahmad Ahmad as CAF president until they stepped down in support of the South African’s candidacy following negotiations.

Motsepe went on to contest the election unopposed and was duly elected as the seventh president of the federation for a four-year term on Friday.

Meanwhile, Congolese national Véron Mosengo-Omba was appointed secretary-general of the federation.

“Véron Mosengo-Omba will leave his role as Chief Officer of the FIFA member associations (MAs) division with immediate effect to take on the position of CAF General Secretary,” CAF said in a statement on Sunday.

Mosengo-Omba replaces Abdelmounaim Bah, who had occupied the role on an acting capacity.

“On behalf of all of FIFA, we would like to thank Véron Mosengo-Omba for his excellent work and wish him the very best of luck in his next challenge as CAF General Secretary,” it read. “FIFA also looks forward to working with him on future projects in helping to project African football to the summit of world football,” a joint statement from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said.

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