Fifa have appointed five members on a task force to help reform the scandalous Confederation of African Football (CAF), having temporarily taken over its management last month.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and FIFA President Gianni Infantino jointly inaugurated the Reform taskforce at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt yesterday.
The mission of the Reform Taskforce is to strengthen and accelerate the ongoing reforms at CAF.
Members of the CAF/FIFA Reform Implementation Taskforce include: Abdoulaye Diop (Mali), Hossam El Shafei (Egypt), Janet Katisya (Kenya), Martin Ngoga (Rwanda) and Anin Yeboah (Ghana) who discussed the three main areas of cooperation identified under the joint CAF-FIFA roadmap.
Speaking at the meeting, CAF President Ahmad thanked the members of the taskforce for accepting to help CAF to accelerate its reforms programme in addition to their professional activities.
“There are obstacles that we faced that resulted in our request for assistance. That’s why we also need you, the independent experts. Together we will move forward.” President Ahmad said in a statement on caf website.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed his full support to the work of the group: “If this CAF/FIFA cooperation succeeds African football will be even more envied around the world. You members of the task force are the foundation from which the future African football will be built. We count on your support, your passion & innovation.”
The joint CAF/FIFA Roadmap covers three main areas: financial management, good governance and internal procedures.
Key topics of discussion centered on auditing, underlining transparency in all of CAF’s operations, necessity for the highest standards of compliance, effective and professional organisation of competitions, growth and development of African football, as well as advancement and support for CAF’s 54 Member Associations.
The meeting also touched on football safety and security, African football governance and revenue generation for the continent’s competitions and events.
Meanwhile, the CAF-FIFA leadership and senior management will continue their activities today when they meet with the CEOs of some of Africa’s top football clubs to share ideas on improving the continental club competitions.