CAF President Patrice Motsepe Turns 60, With Mzansi and Other African Admirers Wishing Him the Very Best

CAF President Patrice Motsepe Turns 60, With Mzansi and Other African Admirers Wishing Him the Very Best

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Patrice Motsepe, one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in Africa, celebrates his birthday today
  • Currently the president of CAF, among many other of his responsibilities, he was born on 28 January 1960 in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria
  • Motsepe received birthday well-wishes from home and abroad amidst a demanding African Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon

CAF president and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe turns 60 today, with well-wishes coming from far and wide.

Motsepe was born on 28 January 1962 in Ga-Rankuwa, which is just north of Pretoria. One of the most influential people on the continent, Motsepe's most demanding responsibility among many is being the head of African football's governing body.

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Mining magnate and CAF president Patrice Motsepe. Image source: Patrick T. Fallon/Getty Images
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The most pressing matter right now for him is the smooth running of the 2021 African Cup of Nations, as reported on TimesLIVE. Unfortunately for Motsepe, a stampede which resulted in the deaths of eight people and injuries to dozens more cast a pall over the tournament, as per IOL.

Amid this trying time for him, he received birthday messages by the bucketloads from appreciative admirers, including Mamelodi Sundowns, where he made his first foray into football.

Oupa Selolo said:

"Happy birthday breadwinner of South Africa!"

Tee Jacobs said:

"Aquarian! I thought there was something about you!"

@DiscoNicholas said:

"Happy, happy birthday to the most generous man in South Africa.The man who took me overseas for the first time.The man who gave me a chance to be in a plane for the first time. Happy Happy birthday Dr Patrice Motsepe. Happy birthday, our president. #HappyBirthdayDrPatriceMotsepe"

Billionaire Patrice Motsepe becomes first South African elected as CAF president

Patrice Motsepe scored South African football's biggest win on and off the pitch in what felt like forever last year.

As reported on Sports Brief, Motsepe was elected the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), replacing predecessor Ahmad Ahmad.

Motsepe’s election was confirmed at the federation's general assembly in Rabat, Morocco. It was the first time a South African had been elected to the office since SAFA was accepted into CAF's assembly in 1992.

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