The “takeover” of CAF by FIFA starts today with the “6 month loan” of Samoura
Today (August 1), all other things being equal, is the first day of a takeover of the governing body of African football by the governing body of world football. FIFA.
FIFA in June announced the appointment of Senegalese Secretary General Fatma Samoura as “FIFA Delegate General for Africa”.
The former United Nations official is expected to remain in post for a period of 6 months from August 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020, renewable with the agreement of the two organizations.
As part of this process, it was also agreed that FIFA and CAF would undertake a full forensic audit of CAF as soon as possible.
The agreement, according to a joint declaration, effectively provides for FIFA take over the management of football on the African continent.
”FIFA and FAC will work closely together to best serve all African member associations to bring stability, serenity, professionalism and effective development of football on the African continent, ” the statement read.
Under the new arrangement, Samoura, still general secretary of FIFA, will work with FAC President Ahmad Ahmad and a team of experts on a number of reforms of FAC, among others;
- Supervise the operational management of FAC, including governance and administrative procedures,
- Ensure the efficient and professional organization of all FAC competitions;
- Support the growth and development of football in all countries and regions of the FAC
As part of this process, it was also agreed that FIFA and FAC as soon as possible carry out a full forensic audit of FAC. ”
The issue sparked a retaliation as the president of the Liberian Football Association, Musa Bility, threatened to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CASE, on the “recovery”. Bility has since been banned for a decade by FIFA.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino also criticized the use of the word “colonialism” by people opposed to the arrangement and claiming that FIFA was a “colonizer” FAC with the move.
besieged FAC President Ahmad had as the African Cup of Nations approached, CAN, in Egypt, has been plagued primarily by a number of corruption allegations.
This led to his brief detention by authorities in France this year. Reports indicate that he is also under investigation by FIFA on allegations that he improperly influenced a FAC decision to buy sportswear through a French company rather than directly from manufacturers and at inflated prices.
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FIFAthe pursuit of a clean image
With FIFA Seeking to improve the image of football, the Ahmad controversy has been a major embarrassment for Infantino, who claims a new, clean and corruption-free look FIFA.
Ahmad, by virtue of his position as leader of African football, is automatically a FIFA vice-president.
African football has been rocked not only by the dismissal of FAC Secretary General Amr Fahmy for denunciation, but also a forfeit in the Champions League final and the alleged assault of a referee by another vice-president of CAF.