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The Executive Committee (ComEx) of the African Football Confederation (CAF), meeting this February 14, 2020 in Doha (Qatar), presented its major project “Transform CAF 2021” to reform the Cairo-based institution. Above all, the ComEx disputed “the unfounded allegations contained” in an audit report carried out “in less than 3 months” by the company PwC on the state of CAF from 2015 to 2019.
The Executive Committee (ComEx) of the African Football Confederation (CAF) counterattacked, this February 14, 2020 in Doha. Meeting on the sidelines of the African Super Cup between Espérance Tunis and Zamalek, the ComEx has responded to the criticisms it has been targeting for the past two weeks. Originally, un audit on the state of CAF between 2015 and 2019 made by PricewaterhouseCoopers, in part at the request of the International Football Federation (FIFA).
The document, which has leaked to the press, highlights possible embezzlement, alleged mismanagement and amateurism. ” Executive Committee Contests Unfounded Allegations Contained In This Report »Which was carried out« in less than 3 months “Said a statement released Friday. ” Invited to this session of the Executive Committee, the cabinet PWC did not appear “, Assures CAF.
PwC’s audit criticized
The ComEx returns in particular to the controversial management of funerals, with the money from continental football. ” These are acts of solidarity for families of people who have served African football, including the family of the late Hussein Swaleh who died after returning from a plane crash “.
On the alleged dishonest use of ” FIFA FORWARD funds “, The Cairo-based institution says their” use is strictly governed by the procedures of FIFA itself. As a reminder, the years 2015, 2016, 2017 were the subject of a FIFA audit through international firms, including PwC “.
Finally, on the contract with the French company Tactical Steel, which won the president of the CAF an arrest in Paris in June 2019, the government of African football confines itself to recalling that ” proceedings are underway before various bodies “And that CAF” is available to provide all the justifications for this authorized transaction “.
A reform project
Most of the day’s meeting was devoted to a vast project to overhaul the African Football Confederation. ” Transform CAF 2021 Is part of proposals made by five African experts mandated by CAF and FIFA. The ” Task Force on Reforms ”had presented his suggestions at the previous ComEx meeting on February 2 in Rabat.
” “Transform CAF 2021” has 4 work axes. These are organization and governance, competitions, arbitration, and infrastructure development. These 4 axes are broken down into 122 measures, 17 of which were deemed to be priority and will have to be finalized by June 2020 “Continues the press release.
CAN every 4 years not mentioned
The CAF press release does not mention the shock proposal from Gianni Infantino. Namely, the African Cup of Nations is now held every four years instead of every two years. Would the ComEx have postponed this highly explosive subject to a future meeting? Just the “Transform CAF 2021″ program foresees the creation of a ” Ad-hoc committee on competition reforms “.