The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has detailed plans to directly pay its referees for the first time, while the organisation has also revealed the schedule for upcoming editions of its club competitions.
Referees in CAF-organised tournaments have historically been paid by the host associations but the continental governing body has now moved to handle payments in a move to reduce the risk of bribery.
In a statement, CAF said: “The decision reduces the financial burden on national associations and also eliminates an ethical challenge because it removes the suspicion perceived between national associations and referees.”
CAF added that the decision is in line with a campaign promise by the organisation’s president, Ahmad. The 58-year-old, who goes by a single name, was elected as the new president of CAF in March 2017, ending Issa Hayatou’s long-held grip on power.
In other news, CAF has confirmed that its Champions League and Confederation Cup club tournaments will move to a September-May schedule from next year.
The tournaments have traditionally been held over the course of the calendar year. This will still be the case for 2018, with the campaigns to run from February to December. The 2018-19 editions of the tournaments, however, will begin immediately after, running from December to May 2019. The September-May schedule will then be introduced from 2019 onwards.
The move will see CAF’s premier club competitions run alongside those of its European counterpart, Uefa.