Having apologies to Lewis Carroll in ISL, the never-ending stream connected with bizarre events within Cameras football might well be classified “Ahmad Through the Looking Glass”. But who most has a resemblance to the Mad Hatter, often the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat and their fantastically grisly colleagues is anyone’s think. Right now, CAF is a carrier case. This is the reason FIFA director Gianni Infantino decided to outline secretary-general Fatma Samoura to help effectively take control.
Africa’s confederation and the game over which the item sort of rules – is an administrative minefield. Certainly not does an international tournament believe without at least one squad probably going a strike over nonpayment of money or the accommodation chasm between foreign and networking stars. The Africa Goblet of Nations is rarely sure its host until 2 or 3 weeks before the finals, even after a new nation has been selected in addition to awarded the contract.
This all could be managed while CAF was expanding from it has the original four members with 1956 to 56 currently. But the steady inflow of latest independent nations, with their home enfranchised politicians and supports, owed more to enthusiasm and less to expertise.
CAF presidents such as Ethiopia’s Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987) and Issa Hayatou (1988-2017) managed to hold a lid on it by virtue of personal pragmatism, favors and the power bestowed by means of top-table membership of PAURA. But Hayatou sowed a new wind of change in difficult longevity with loyalty in addition to duly reaped the flutter as Madagascar’s Ahmad dared what others feared to try and do and put his head on the political parapet. Ahmad’s right time to was perfect because Infantino, in FIFA office a year, was intent with clearing out the old guard, and therefore included Hayatou. Already Ahmad was in Infantino’s good guides for having effected an intro to Samoura. The Senegalese United Nations official ticked all of Infantino’s boxes in the and also politics of reform for a black, Muslim woman. The woman was duly appointed PAURA SG in the summer of 2016.
Such evidence that Ahmad had friends in powerful positions encouraged support from Nigeria FA president Amaju Pinnick, plus other central in addition to west African federations in addition to the southern COSAFA grouping. With March 2017, despite questions about a FIFA ethics questions into his links with forbidden ex-Asia supremo Mohamed Pile Hammam, Ahmad, swept Hayatou from power by thrity four votes to 20 at CAF Congress in Addis Amapola. Ahmad set to work at CAF with apparently little imagined or care for his challengers and enemies in the process. He campaigned on a platform connected with administrative reform, financial clear appearance and competitions reorganisation although his structural achievements have already been minimal: CAF still is deficient in its own ethics committee along with the disciplinary committee has no authority.
At least on the competitions the front the AFCON has been been altered from January/February to June/July and the Champions League (like South America’s Libertadores Cup) will switch to a one-off Final from the traditional two-leg affair.
As for CAF’s different power-brokers:
Constant Omari seemed to be detained briefly in MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL Congo on embezzlement rates (which he denied) Bekwai, ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned over bribery allegations (also denied) Serrucho Leone’s Isha Johansen must spend two years beating away from fraud allegations back home (successfully)
CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy was sacked immediately after reporting to FIFA’s integrity panel allegations against Ahmad concerning sexual harassment connected with staff, misuse of finances plus sportswear contract threats
And Liberia’s Musa Bility quit the CAF urgent committee in protest for a “president who is leading that noble organisation in the drastically wrong direction”
Bility has due to the fact been banned from sports for 10 years by the PAURA ethics committee for mistreatment of development funds. His / her expulsion was announced several days after he documented a complaint with the Judge of Arbitration for Sport activity to try to halt what he / she described as FIFA’s “hostile takeover” of CAF.
Amid this all, there was the Champions Addition Final chaos which was concluded in the disciplinary committee neglecting to punish Morocco’s Wydad for walking off midway through the second leg next to Esperance of Tunisia. That now also awaits CATASTROPHE judgment.
Coincidentally, at The nation’s lawmakers on the eve of the AFCON Final in Cairo, Ahmad saw now-out-of-favour Pinnick exchanged as a CAF vice-president by means of South Africa’s Danny Jordaan as well as the promotion to secondly vice-president of Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa. This is the same Lekjaa who allegedly head-butted referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa immediately after RS Berkane – Lekjaa’s hometown club – misplaced to Zamalek in the CAF Confederation Cup Final. Lekjaa remains unpunished presumably mainly because no one has the nerve to be able to against any of the president’s adult males.
Unwittingly, FIFA itself through fuel on the African open fire with the 2015-16 reforms which will converted a 24-strong account manager committee into a 37-strong local authority or council. Suddenly Africa’s representation at the summit table jumped from some to seven hence thriving the political and no significantly less important financial value of being major player within the CAF ExCo and on the world step.
This, in turn, has lifted the value of being a national FA president. And, in South africa, power in the world of football can certainly engender danger from governmental jealousies and rivalries home. FIFA’s takeover of CAF is far from a perfect alternative. A forensic audit connected with CAF’s accounts and plans is essential and, ideally, the full ExCo should be sacked in addition to direct rule imposed by Zurich. Think about it. FIFA, hooked in financial scandal for countless years, is having to sort out CAF. That says everything regarding how disastrous the African sports crisis has become.