A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to cede control of the running of the organisation and have Fifa general secretary Fatma Samoura parachuted in as “Fifa High Commissioner for Africa”, according to sources.
The New York Times reported that the decision was made due to corruption scandal of CAF president Ahmad Ahmad who was briefly arrested for questioning a fortnight ago in France before being released without charge.
There are also a torrent of allegations of wrongdoing, ranging from financial mismanagement to sexual harassment against Ahmad, who has continued to deny the allegations against him and has claimed to be the victim of a smear campaign
“The rule of the temporary FIFA High Commissioner for Africa would be to conduct a root-and-branch review of governance of the confederation, oversee operational management of the organization, and recommend where needed a series of reform efforts, to be agreed with CAF member associations and with FIFA in order to put CAF itself on a modern and sound footing, improve its image and reputation and thus ensure that CAF is better equipped to face future challenges and to grasp future opportunities,” FIFA said in setting up the arrangement, according to an internal document seen by The New York Times.