Fifa, CAF formalise governance agreement

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has signed a protocol agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to outline a road map for the two organisations to support the latter’s reform process.

The road map will be implemented with the close collaboration of Fatma Samoura, Fifa’s general delegate for Africa, as well as CAF general secretary Mouad Hajji. Samoura and Hajji will work closely with the CAF administration and a group of experts on the reform process.

The road map covers three main areas. These are financial management, good governance and internal procedures; efficient and professional organisation of competitions; and the growth and development of African football.

The development comes amid an ongoing crisis at CAF, with president Ahmad currently under investigation from both the Fifa Ethics Commission and French anti-corruption authorities. Ahmad was arrested in Paris last month amid allegations of financial mismanagement and sexual harassment, before later being released by French police.

Earlier this week it was reported by the BBC that Ahmad had received two sets of expenses in two different countries for the same nine-day period during last year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia.

Fifa confirmed last month that Samoura, the body’s secretary general, would be parachuted into CAF to temporarily run the organisation. Her six-month position as Fifa general delegate for Africa is due to begin on August 1.

The road map was outlined yesterday (Thursday) during the CAF General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt.

In his opening address, Ahmad said: “Dear delegates, I have appealed to Fifa. This call is on my own initiative and I assume total responsibility. Faced with a situation that worsened step by step, I asked the president of Fifa, Mr. Gianni Infantino, to bring me an interim support.

“He has approved our sister Fatma Samoura, Fifa secretary general, to accompany us in the implementation phase of new structures and more generally to help CAF to continue the reforms that we started, as well as follow the investigations that Fifa’s governance committee would like to engage on the management of the central administration.”

Elsewhere, CAF vice-president Amaju Pinnick has been dismissed from his position and replaced by Danny Jordaan. No reason was given for the Nigerian’s dismissal.

Jordaan is the president of the South African Football Association and served as chief executive of the 2010 World Cup in the country.