WORLD football governing body FIFA have appointed its Secretary General Fatma Samoura as ‘FIFA General Delegate for Africa’ for a 6-month period from August 1 2019 to January 31 2020, renewable with the agreement of both organisations.
The agreement, announced in a joint statement, effectively sees FIFA take over the management of football on the African continent.
‘FIFA and CAF will work closely together in order to best serve all African Member Associations to bring stability, serenity, professionalism and effective football development on the African continent,’ read part of the statement.
Under the new arrangement, Samoura, who still retains her position as Secretary General of FIFA, will work with CAF president Ahmad and a team of experts to oversee the following;
- To oversee operational management of CAF, including governance and administrative procedures,
- To ensure the efficient and professional organization of all CAF competitions;
- To support the growth and development of football in all countries and regions of CAF
‘As part of this process, it was also agreed that FIFA and CAF will undertake as soon as possible a full forensic audit of CAF.’
Ahmad, was recently detained by authorities in France, and is also being investigated by FIFA over allegations that he unduly influenced a CAF decision to buy sportswear through a French company rather than directly from manufacturers, and at inflated prices.
FIFA’s pursuit of a clean image
With FIFA seeking to improve football’s image, the Ahmad controversy has come as a major embarrassment to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who has been claiming a new-look, clean and corruption-free 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 firing of CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy for whistle blowing, but also a walk off in the Champions League final and the alleged assault on a referee by another of CAF’s vice presidents.
The Cup of Nations kicks off in Cairo on Friday when hosts Egypt take on Zimbabwe.