FIFA and CAF signed a Development Agreement

FIFA and CAF hand in handOn Saturday, February 7, 2015 in Malabo,  FIFA and CAF signed a major cooperation agreement to strengthen joint work for the development of Football in Africa.

However, there already exist many partnerships between the two bodies as there are between FIFA and the other Confederations. Though a number of programs / activities have been prioritised as follows:

– Management and administration: administrative expertise and promoting good governance at clubs and leagues

– Technology and Education; training of trainers / licensing, development of refereeing, grassroots football, juniors, boys and girls.

– Grant of club licensing / registration of players

– Development of Sports Medicine

As outlined in the co-operation agreement , FIFA and CAF would create synergy and strengthen cohesive links between their respective development programs and activities solely to maximize the benefits and to provide African Associations with tailored – made local solutions.

In his speech, FIFA President Blatter defined the essence of the cooperation agreement, re-iterating that “sometimes it is good to sign documents even though they do not appear necessary” as well as expressing the very good relations between FIFA and CAF and also between himself and CAF President Hayatou.

President Blatter cited  Article 2 of the FIFA Statutes as the first point for the development of football,  the youth and for humanistic virtues. He said that the organization of competitions comes second.

“Football must be a social and cultural development factor. It should help create a better world,” said Blatter.

Asked if the current four  (4) African representatives on the FIFA Executive Committee could be increased, President Blatter said that it would be part of the discussions in June.

CAF President Hayatou did not want to make a lengthy speech but admitted that everything was well said by the FIFA President that he had nothing to add.

The two Presidents had a press meeting and answered questions from reporters. In response to the events that occurred during the semi-final between Equatorial Guinea and Ghana,  President Blatter intimated that this was “the sole responsibility of CAF.”

Asked about the quality of refereeing at the African nations’ Cup, Equatorial Guinea 2015, President Hayatou said “all decisions are in full compliance of the regulations of the tournament.

In answer to a question from a Journalist, CAF President replied that “the time of colonization is over, we do not always have to learn lessons from the Western press!”

By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang