By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA Football Association president, Frans Mbidi has said relocating the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football to Southern Africa will take a huge effort.
Following the defeat of former CAF president, Issa Hayatou to Ahmad Ahmad, calls have increased for the continental football body to move its headquarters from Cairo, Egypt to Johannesburg, South Africa, the region’s economic hub.
Ahmad is a Madagascan whose campaign to depose Hayatou was engineered by the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA). Mbidi was largely seen as deputy campaign manager of Ahmad, after Phillip Chiyangwa, president of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).
Mbidi said relocating the CAF headquarters will not be an easy task as it will require a quarter of the CAF membership to make that decision.
It appears southern African countries are not very keen on antagonising their west and north African counterparts any further as Hayatou’s defeat is still not well received by some in those parts of the continent.
Meanwhile, Mbidi has called on Ahmad to speedily appoint a substantive Secretary General following the resignation of 37- year old Hicham El Amrani of Morocco. El Amrani was a staunch supporter of Hayatou and even threatened action against Chiyangwa for organising a party to which FIFA president Gianni Infantino was invited. El Amrani construed that party to be a platform where Chiyangwa would lobby African football presidents to vote for Ahmad. In hindsight, the trick worked, Hayatou has been out voted and El Amrani has decided to call it a day after six years as chief executive of CAF.
At his first meeting with CAF staff earlier this week, Ahmad confirmed that he has accepted the resignation of El Amrani. Deputy General Secretary, Essam Ahmed, an Egyptian, has been appointed to act in that capacity until further notice.
The meeting marked his effective assumption of office following his election to the position during the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly on March 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“This house belongs to you. CAF is yours. Let’s protect our institution. We politicians are just passing by but you have been called to stay. I have confidence in you and I am convinced that with you we will be able to succeed and develop African football more,” the CAF president told the staff as he set out his vision.
Mbidi said although Ahmad has appointed an acting secretary general, he will inform the CAF executive at a meeting scheduled for this week as to when he will appoint a substantive person in that position.
“He has appointed an acting secretary general while he will be seeking for the right candidate. Its indefinite as he needs to find a person who has the qualification needed to spearhead the transformation of African football,” stressed Mbidi.
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