In an unprecedented decision, it has been proposed that the affairs of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) be run by FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura.
Under CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, there has been a rash of scandals and controversies. Most recently, he was detained in Paris and questioned with respect to alleged financial misappropriation, but was subsequently released without charge.
This intervention would see Senegalese Samoura hold the office of ‘FIFA Special Delegate for Africa’, and according to Ahmad, who was speaking at a press conference ahead of the kick-off of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, from August 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020, with a provision for an extension if deemed necessary.
Top of the agenda will be a forensic financial audit of CAF’s books, and Samoura will be “assisted by a team of experts who will work in a spirit of partnership with President Ahmad and his team in several areas”. She would, however, retain her position with FIFA during that period.
However, the decision is yet to be rationalized by the CAF Executive Committee.