Huge Task For Ahmad-Led CAF

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Hello sports fans, it’s a pleasure for me to be back with this edition of my column, titled; Huge Task For Ahmad-Led CAF: ‘The Aftermath Of CAF Election’.

African football has been stuck over time and wrapped, mainly due to what I will call a moribund political power and a leadership that increasingly appeared to be out of touch with realities;
to refocusing on good leadership & soccer development.

However, the expectation of all from the new CAF governing body, headed by Ahmad is to resurrect the dying game in Africa.

Part of what the new governing board is expected to tackle are; CRUMBLING STADIUMS, CORRUPTION AND DECLINING INTEREST IN AFRICA’S OWN TEAMS IN FAVOUR OF FLASHY EUROPEAN SIDES.

There is a great deal of work to do to restore African football to the glory days.

Commercially, the Africa Cup of Nations continues to be a burden on the countries that take part. But now, there should be a new structure on how to commercialize the championship.

What about the decay of infrastructure at various stadia in Africa? For how long will the mess go on?

Frankly speaking, African football has come of age, and this stage in civilization and globalization, her football is expected to have developed beyond its current status.

The infrastructure is crumbling due to mismanagement across the continent, while poor maintenance, corruption, lack of investment and neglect have contributed to the rot of football in Africa.

Also, biased activities of many referees and administrators have ruined some aspects of the game over there. Yes! If the world allows corruption to rules the world, then where does the future of the next generation lies?.

Having said that, corruption to a large extent is terrorism because is it an act.

The fact that football is big business and can attract big corporate concerns to invest it, offers the new administrators a great opportunity to restructure CAF.

The Confederation needs to review the format of the Africa Cup Of Nations and make it an ideal vehicle to drive African soccer to a new beginning.

For many years, the best teams don’t win the championship in the domestic league due to corrupt practices of various referees and administrators.

What can one say of that, what an irony… That’s not a progressive leadership.

So, it’s high time that leaders in African sports must be open minded and drop their pride. Instead, they should align to innovative ideas and be creative.

Note that the chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken; because your net worth in the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

We are waiting on the new CAF leader and his executives to turn things around and move African football forward, for the good of the game, as FIFA’s slogan says.

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Peter Ijeh,
ULc, BSs.


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