Infantino happy with governance in CAF

By Andrew Jackson Oryada

MirrorSportAfrica, Addis Ababa

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said he is happy with governance at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) under Ahmad Ahmad.


Speaking to the MirrorSportAfrica in an interview after the official opening of the FIFA regional Development office, Infantino made it clear that governance at CAF today is not the way it was two years ago.


In the last one week two executive members of CAF Hassan Musa Bility and Isha Johansen have asked for an urgent Exco meeting because issues they think need to be addressed. Bility pointed out that he does not enjoy Ahmad’s style of management and also questioned some contracts signed with a betting company without the approval of the executive committee.


“I am happy with the way Ahmad is managing CAF and many other presidents of Federations in Africa. Yes some challenges will always be there in governing, but what matters is also how you sort them out,” he added.


Infantino who was accompanied by the FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said he is glad everyone is realizing that football money must be spent on football. “I am happy people are realizing that the time when some people opened the box to take football money is gone. We shall fight corruption in football and push for good governance at all times,” he added.


“I am never satisfied when it comes to work and I know Africa and Asia can do much better in football governance. We as FIFA have tightened on every penny sent to develop football and it’s not because we don’t trust football leaders, but because the money must be used on football development,” stressed Infantino.


Speaking about the opening of the tenth FIFA Development office, the FIFA President said he was delighted because they are keeping in-touch with football all over the world.


“It feels very good because it’s another step in the right direction showing that FIFA wants to be at the service of football. The office in Addis Ababa shows that we are serious to develop football in the region,” added Infantino.


CAF President Ahmad Ahmad also attended the function together with CAF executive members Leodegar Tenga (Tanzania), Moses Hasim Magogo (Uganda) and Suleiman Hassan Waberi (Djibouti).


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