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Although CAF sources informed Sports Village Square that only South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe has made an effective bid, a fourth candidate to indicate interest has emerged in the CAF Presidential race.

Another one, Senegal’s Augustin Senghor is also expected to throw his hat into the ring any moment from now before the Thursday deadline. .

The latest entrant is Ahmed Yahya, the head of the Mauritanian federation (FFRIM) since 2011.

At the African Awards 2017 held in Ghana, he was named the continent’s best football administrator.

Yahya who made “Commitment, Determination, Vision’ as his slogan, announced his bid using the social media: “After much thoughts and discussions, I have decided to present my candidacy,” 

CAF president Ahmad of Madagascar and former FIFA Executive Committee member, Jacques Anouma of Cote d’Ivoire have indicated interests, but a CAF source informed Sports Village Square that both have not submitted their bids. 


Under Yahya, who was re-elected for a third term in office last year with a landslide victory, Mauritania achieved a maiden qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations in November 2018 when beating Botswana.

For their achievement, they were named CAF’s Team of the Year for 2018 and a year later, at their debut finals in Egypt, Mauritania failed to exit their group but earned draws against both Angola and Tunisia.

Yahya, a member of CAF’s Executive Committeer, has also been praised by FIFA for his role in developing both football and its infrastructure in his homeland.

“The FFRIM is a great example of a successful and progressive member association and, in fact, I often refer to it in my speeches and encourage people to visit Mauritania to see for themselves,” BBC quoted FIFA president, Gianni Infantino as saying when inaugurating a new stadium in Nouakchott in 2019.

In 1999, Yahya founded FC Nouadhibou – a club he presided over until 2004 – who have won six national titles and two cups since.


CAFs presidential elections are scheduled to take place in Morocco on 12 March.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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