Football governing body in the world, FIFA, has taken over the operations of confederation of African Football (CAF), it has been revealed.
The surprising move comes just hours before the start of AFCON in Egypt.
This is in a bid to clean the CAF house that saw recent developments with CAF president Ahmed Ahmed arrested in France, for influencing a CAF decision to buy sportswear through another company rather than directly from manufacturers and at inflated prices.
African football recently witnessed the firing of CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy and also the alleged assault on a referee by another of CAF’s vice presidents.
The above, and recent bad scenes portrayed in CAF Champions League finals, have been major motivations for FIFA’s move, it is alleged.
Consequently, FIFA have appointed its Secretary General Fatma Samoura as “FIFA General Delegate for Africa” for a 6-month period from 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020, renewable with the agreement of both organisations.
In a meeting on Thursday, FIFA said that they wants to “bring stability, serenity, professionalism and effective football development on the African continent where the passion for football is so prevalent.”