A five-man team dubbed CAF/FIFA Reform Task Force, built to oversee the reformation of African football has met several hurdles.By Kesah Princely & Regis Che
Officially installing members of the committee in Cairo recently, FIFA boss, Gianni Infantino said: “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 of African football will be built.”
The CAF/FIFA Reform Task Force is comprised of Abdoulaye Diop (Mali), Hossam El Shafei (Egypt), Janet Katisya (Kenya), Martin Ngoga (Rwanda) and Anin Yeboah (Ghana), who took the job at a time when many factors have impeded the progress of football in the continent.
The quality of the game according to pundits, is dwindling owing to corruption, limited finance, poor infrastructure, inadequate training institutions and lack of political will.
The constituted five-man executive team has as mandate, the task of restructuring, rebranding and reinvigorating the quality of African football which is believed to have been the most uniting factor in the continent for over half a century.
Although the organization’s President, Ahmad Ahmad recently oversaw the holding of a seemingly hitch-free 24 team historic AFCON in Egypt, CAF is yet to completely pay some teams which put up impressive performances at the football showpiece.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles who came third at the event, sources say, have only received $600,000 out of 2 million dollars.
Even Algeria who lifted the covetted trophy, and Senegal who emerged vice champions, are said to have not received their complete package from the Confederation of African Football, EboniGram has learned.
Some lovers of the game in Africa find it hard to accept the reality that the continent which is the second largest in the globe, is yet to ever win the world cup.
The only three teams which came close to winning the silver wear are Cameroon, 1990; Senegal, 2002; and Ghana, 2010, which all crashed out at the quarterfinal phase of the competition.
Football analysts say the current status quo can only be averted if football stakeholders forget about personal gains and contribute resources to rescue the drowning game.
Governments, football Federations and club owners have been urged to work towards improving infrastructure as well as players’ benefits.
League calendars should be respected while more CAF competitions in junior categories be organized to identify and nurture talents, pundits say.
Some critics believe foreign coaches cannot master the technicalities in African football, stressing that local managers will better drive Africa to football glory.
FIFA’s Gianni Infantino has only played his role to reshape African Football by putting in place the CAF/FIFA Reform Task Force.
The members of the committee now have yet another opportunity to make or completely mar football in the continent.