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CAF, ICSS seals deal to develop training programmes in Africa

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The Confederation of African Football, CAF and the International Center for Sport Security, ICSS, have sealed a deal aimed at developing training programs within member associations.

The agreement was signed on October 24 in Morocco. The President of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad signed on behalf of his federation while Mohammed Hanzab represented ICSS.

Apart from developing training programs, the two organization will ensure the highest level of safety and security within the CAF Member Associations.
The press release made public says, among the projects set to be undertaken by the two organizations are training programs aimed at educating security officers, supporting the growth of a professional network of security personnel in Africa.

They will also continue to develop the security operations through joint programs within Football Federations, Leagues, Clubs, Academies and other stakeholders including those operating at the grass-roots levels.

“CAF is a values-driven organization connecting players and communities across Africa. Good governance and safety are key pillars of CAF Transformation plan. Security and integrity are top priorities for us, and a basic requirement for any football match to take place. Ahmad Ahmad said.

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He added that, “I particularly take to heart the issue of young players. Young athletes are not commodities. They are human beings and must be treated as such. We are proud to be a leading voice in the drive to protect, promote and safeguard football and its fans. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with ICSS.”

“For CAF, football has the unique ability to inspire young and old alike. The organization wishes to make it a powerful educational tool for our youth, openness to others and their differences as well as a powerful platform for building safe relationships between individuals and communities in order to promote peace, good values and health, especially among young people who are most at risk,” he further said.

On his part, the chair of ICSS said, “On behalf of the ICSS, I would like to thank President Ahmad and CAF for its commitment to safeguarding football in Africa (the fastest growing and most diverse football regions in the world). I can’t wait to advance efforts with them to address the very real challenges football now faces to its security and credibility. For instance, not enough being done to stop trafficking of young African players.”

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To him, “As an international organization working to protect sport, ICSS is committed to protecting young players and raising awareness about the growing issue of child trafficking in football. With CAF, we believe that members and Governments could be doing more to protect potential stars of the future.”

“We are keen to initiate this cooperation with CAF and work together to protect the African football and its capacity to promote economic growth and shared values,” he added.

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Bamboutos FC holding Mark O’Ojong back

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Reported to be in Tunisia in anticipation for a two-year deal with US Tataouine, Mark O’Ojong is being held back by parent club Bamboutos FC.

The 23 year old is yet to receive a formal ‘okay’ from Bamboutos FC, who at this point, are bargaining for a higher pay package.

The 23-year-old is seriously engaged with Tataouine as he has played in some preseason friendlies already.

The player however, has written to the club together with his entourage and expects a reply by Wednesday.

Bamboutos’ president, Dr. Roger Ngoula, has to put his signature on already compiled documents, but seems too busy.

O’Ojong Mark scored three goals and a couple of assists in as many matches for Bamboutos last season. His on – field heroics gave him the right to captain the Intermediate Lions till early October.

Mysoccer24.com however keeps tracking the developments to keep her readers up to speed with the situation.

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CAF Presidential Race: Contenders Reduced to Four.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections to be held in March 2021 will see the five contenders dropped to four.

This comes after the FIFA Adjudicatory Committee banned incumbent, Ahmad for five years after found guilty of having breached art. 15 (Duty of Loyalty), Art. 20 (offering and accepting gift or other benefits) and art.25 (Abuse of position) of the  2020 edition of the FIFA code of ethics as well as art 28 (mismanagement of funds) a violation of the 20218points FIFA code of ethics.

The 60 year-old who was elected president of CAF on March 17, 2017, at the CAF General Assembly in Addis Ababa won 34 votes out of 54. But since his ascension as head of CAF,  he has been under the investigative microscope of FIFA.

On November 12, 2020 CAF revealed the five contenders for next year’s elections but has been reduced to four following the ban of the incumbent.

The four Remaining Contenders. 

Patrice Motsepe (South Africa)

Patrice Motsepe

Mostsepe is a descent of Tswana and is a mining billionaire businessman.  He is the founder and executive chairman of Africa Rainbow Minerals.

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On a football perspective,  he is the owner of current South Africa champions,  Mamelodi Sundowns.

He joined the presidential race after receiving the endorsement of the South African FA.

Jacque Anouma (Cote d’Ivoire)

Jacque Anouma

The former Ivorian FA boss is also another contender for the CAF Presidential Race.  He received the backing of the Ivorian FA.

He is a former member of the executive board of FIFA and he is contesting for the CAF presidency in seven years after his first attempt.

Under his reign as Ivorian FA boss,  the Ivorian National team qualified for their maiden world cup in Germany in 2006.

Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania)

Ahmed Yahya

He was the fourth candidate to announce his intentions to run for CAF presidency.

He has been at the head of Mauritania football since 2011 and was reelected in to office following a landslide victory.

In 2017,  he was named the continent’s best football administrator at the 2017 CAF awards.

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Under his reign, Mauritania qualified for the maiden AFCON in Egypt last year after beating Botswana in November 2019.

Augustine Senghor (Senegal)

Augustin Senghor

Though part of the CAF executive committee,  Senghor might not agree with the ideology of the present regime, Reasons  why he announced his intentions to run for  caf presidency.

He has been president of the Senegal FA since 2009 and he is the president of top flight club US Goree.

Under his reign,  the taranga lions have ascended to the summit of African football in recent years as the Senegal national team is ranked 21st in FIFA rankings and number one in the continent.

With the suspension of the incumbent,  Constant Omari, the first vice-president of CAF will head the Pan African Football organization till further notice.

 

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CAF: Constant Omari is 8 on the line of patronage

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Due to the five year ban slapped on former CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, Constant Omari will temporally hold office till the next CAF Elections in over four months from now.

This, for the solemn reason that the
chamber of judgment and Independent Ethics Commission has singled out Mr. Ahmad Ahmad, president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), for having violated of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Consequently, the judgment chamber pronounced a ban on Ahmad from all football-related activities (administrative, sports and other) at the national and international levels for a period of five years.

Mr. Ahmad Ahmad no longer has the power to exercise his responsibilities. In application of its statutes, CAF announced that Ahmad’s subordinate (Mr.
Constant Selemani Omaricas), be caretaker president.

Mr. Omari is not new in the frame. Born on January 14, 1958, he is a Congolese football administrator and a member of the FIFA Council.

Omari was appointed as the chairman of FIFA’s Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination on September 2015.

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On 19 July 2019, Omari was nominated to be the first vice president of Confederation of African Football, taking over the portfolio from Amaju Pinnick.

Omari comes in as the 8 on the line of patronage after:

Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem,
Abdel Aziz Moustafa,
Abdel Halim Muhammad, Yidnekatchew Tessema,
Abdel Halim Muhammad,
Issa Hayatou and
Ahmad Ahmad

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