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News24.com | Tinkler hopes Motsepe can make an impact on African football as CAF president

Patrice Motsepe (Getty Images)

Patrice Motsepe (Getty Images)

Former Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler
hopes Patrice Motsepe will be able to fix some of the problems within CAF when
he takes over the presidency.

The Sundowns owner is set to take over as
CAF president after other candidates withdrew from the election, and Tinkler
reckons the confederation has a lot of room for improvement where Motsepe could
make an impact.

Asked whether he thinks Motsepe will be
able to rectify at least some of CAF’s issues, Tinkler told KickOff: “Hopefully with all his knowledge and experience we can see a
lot of improvement in the way football is run across the African continent, I
think that is very, very important.

“A lot of the times when I was at
Pirates and SuperSport the distances we had to travel, the bureaucracy that you
face entering the various countries, hopefully we can sort those issues out to
make all those trips a lot easier.

“But I know it’s going to be tough for
him to try and rectify. Other things we would obviously like to see is more
money in the game. Because the reason why a lot of clubs are not taking the
competitions very seriously, especially before the group stages, it’s because
the cost is very high on the football clubs.

“Get in some sponsorship deals that
the clubs will benefit from. I think that’s what becomes important, and when
that happens then that’s when people will begin to take the competitions a lot
more seriously. So hopefully we’ll start seeing something like that from him.”

Motsepe is expected to be elected into CAF office on Friday, 12 March.

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