New CAF Executive Meets Fresh Problems

By Ngain Steve Jordan, In Yaounde

AFCON 2019 has come and gone with Algeria taking the glory, but CAF has now come under fire.

It has been revealed that CAF is yet to pay these national teams their full payment:

– Super Eagles of Nigeria who came third in Egypt are still being owed by CAF

CAF which is Africa’s football governing body has not fully paid the Super Eagles their money for claiming the bronze medal at the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Even Algeria who won the AFCON 2019 title and Senegal who were runners-up are said not to have received their full money from CAF.

Nigeria came third at the AFCON 2019 championship and they were supposed to be given $2m prize money, but only $600 000 has been received by NFF.

CAF is said to be currently down financially and is struggling to meet their financial obligations.

Global professional services firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was recently selected to support the reform process for the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which is now being overseen by world football governing body FIFA.

CAF and FIFA had signed a protocol agreement in July to outline a road map for reform and have now tasked PwC with conducting a general audit and overview of Africa’s football governing body.

PwC saw off competition from the likes of Ernst & Young, Control Risks and FTI Consulting to land the contract. It already has close ties with FIFA having been appointed by the organisation in 2016 to be its statutory auditor.

Now PwC’s remit will see it develop an internal due diligence plan with specific timings and phases, conduct an organisational review including the auditing of CAF accounts and put forward proposals to ensure full transparency of management processes.

The report from PwC will be submitted to the combined CAF/FIFA reform taskforce by the end of November, which includes independent members across the financial, judicial and political sectors.

This task force is also in discussions over how to develop future African inter-club competitions.

A statement issued by CAF read: “A consensus was reached between all participants that African club football needs to be radically transformed into a more appealing product. Concretely this means restructuring club competitions with the view to significantly increasing the number of African clubs playing at top level. This deep reform of African club football will help to bring it to a more global audience.”

The appointment of PwC comes as CAF remains mired in crisis. The body’s president, Ahmad Ahmad, is under investigation from the FIFA Ethics Commission and French anti-corruption authorities. Ahmad was arrested in June over allegations of financial mismanagement. He was later released.

The political unrest also saw FIFA parachute in its General Secretary Fatma Samoura to take over the running of the regional football confederation for an initial six months.

Additionally, earlier this month, all 54 CAF associations agreed to hand over control to FIFA to market the media rights for their 2022 World Cup qualifying fixtures after it requested an irrevocable mandate.

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