The Confederation Of African Football, CAF, has thrown its weight behind FIFA President Gianni Infantino for a second term as head of the World’s football governing body.
The decision of the member associations of the continent’s highest football institution was announced at its Extraordinary Congress in Cairo today by third Vice President, Fouzi Lekjaa, who doubles as President of the Morocco Football Federation.
GhanaCrusader.com can confirm the decision to back Mr. Infantino is due to the fact that he took the bold step of appointing an African, Fatma Samoura to head the secretariat of FIFA.
In GhanaCrusader.com’s exchange of messages with Executive Committee members of CAF, it was revealed Mr. Infantino assisted the continent in their attempts to navigate delicate reforms following the exit of Issa Hayatou in 2016 after 29 years as President.
According to them, the FIFA President is also committed to the development of the game in the continent and CAF Member Associations are convinced a second tenure for the Swiss-Italian could better the game for Africans.
Mr. Ahmad, who has recently being criticized for turning CAF into his “personal office” by a section of the media and the football community confirmed the continent’s football union decision before adding; “CAF needs a new dimension to regain values of Africa.”
Mr. Ahmad has been accused of creating the office of third Vice President to accommodate, Fouzi Lakjaa, the President of Morocco FA.
And also appointed two Moroccans to head major offices at CAF as Deputy General Secretaries in charge of Finance and head of auditing to the dismay of his critics.
He came under further flak yesterday after the Disciplinary Committee of the continent’s football governing body banned Zamalek SC president Mortada Mansour from football related activities for a period of one year and a fine of US$40,000 for allegedly insulting him.
Mr. Infantino appreciated CAF’s decision to repose confidence in him, the first continent to do so despite no one confirming a decision to contest in the 2019 elections, but did not lose the opportunity to remind the continent that their recent display at this year’s world cup in Russia, where all five representatives were eliminated at the group stages, does not portray the true nature of the tournament.
“We need to ask ourselves questions about how African teams will improve at the FIFA World Cup and make the competition a truly World event,” Gianni Infantino said before adding; “The support of CAF for another term as FIFA president means a lot to me.”
He also said that: “Africa is the future! FIFA is committed to developing Africa’s love and passion for football through the “FIFA Forward” initiative so the game can reach its potential in each African nation and everyone who wants to take part can do so without barriers.”
Gianni Infantino after taking over from Sepp Blatter in February, 2016, committed $1.25 million annually to each member association for the development of football in Africa.
He triumphed over the controversial Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, in the second round of voting by 115 votes to 88.
He is currently running unopposed as no member of FIFA has come out to vie for the most powerful position in world football.