Fifa appoints normalisation committee to run EFA after post-Afcon leadership resignations

Fifa has appointed a five-man committee to run the Egyptian Football Association after president Hani Abou Rida, along with the other board members, resigned.

The EFA had faced backlash from the Egyptian public following Egypt’s elimination at the African Cup of Nations by South Africa in the round-of-16 stages, despite being the host nation and being highly-favoured to win.

The normalisation committee chosen by Fifa includes a former board member of Egyptian Premier League club Zamalek, Amr Youssef Hassan El-Ganainy, who has been appointed as chairman, with past EFA board member Gamal Mohamed Ali taking the role as deputy chairman. The remaining three members are AFcon tournament director Mohamed Fadl, Sahar Abdel Hak and Ahmed Abdallah.

The mandate of the normalisation committee includes:

  • Running the daily affairs of the EFA
  • Reviewing the EFA Statutes (and other regulations where necessary) to ensure their compliance with the Fifa Statutes and requirements, and to ensure their adoption by the EFA Congress
  • Reviewing the statutes of the EFA members and ensure their alignment with the new EFA Statutes as well as with the Fifa Statutes and requirements, and ensure that said statutes are adopted by the relevant members
  • Organising and conduct elections for all EFA members based on their new statutes
  • Acting as an electoral committee in order to organise and conduct elections of a new EFA board based on the newly-aligned EFA Statutes.

None of the normalisation committee will be allowed to stand for election at the end of their mandates which expire on July 31, 2020.