FIFPRO Africa has committed to working hand in glove with newly elected Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe.
In a statement, FIFPRO Africa, a representative of African footballers said they look forward to building African football with Mamelodi Sundowns owner and sponsor.
“Having listened to Motsepe around issues of unity, we look forward to building with him the African professional football of tomorrow where the players, open to dialogue and determined to invest, must take their rightful place.
“This will inevitably pass through the recognition of their status as a professional footballer, through the establishment and respect of standard contracts where it is not yet the rule, through the widespread signing of collective agreements, which will give the first actors of rights but also of duties towards their clubs,” said FIFPRO.
They added that with FIFPRO Africa, Caf must not only be the guarantor but also the driving force behind the far-reaching advances that players expect in terms of professionalization, protection, education, training and retraining.
Motsepe landed the Caf presidency unopposed after Senegalese candidate Augustin Senghor withdrew from the race and pledged his support for the South African.
Senghor’s pulling out came after Ivorian Jacques Anouma also had second thoughts on contesting.
This is the first time that the powerful Caf presidency, which comes with a high-ranking Fifa position, is held by an administrator from the Southern Africa region.