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African football at a crucial stage with the polls of the African Football Confederation (CAF) looming

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With the increase in the number of African participants in the future International Football Federation (FIFA), the period between now and 2025 will be a pivotal period for football on the continent.

This adds to the importance of what is expected to be the most contested elections for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The decisive elections are set in Rabat, Morocco, on March 12.

In a podcast to the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA), visiting FIFA President Gianni Infantino highlighted the scale of the upcoming elections.

“It is clear that the elections are always an important step for an organization like CAF,” said Infantino.

“Let’s not forget that in 2026, Africa will have nine or ten participants (depending on the winners of the play-offs) in the World Cup. And in 2023, Africa will have four instead of three participants in the Women’s World Cup.

He said this underlined why the years to come would be essential for the “beautiful game” on the continent.

“Before that (increase in the number of participants) a lot of organization has to take place,” said Infantino.

“This means that the period from 2021 to 2025 will be crucial for African football, because you want to go to these events and play the role of a protagonist, not just go, play and come back after two or three games.”

Infantino, who has embarked on a tour of the continent, said to compete at the highest level, the organization must be done in a certain way.

He called for unity.

“Reforms must be implemented, everyone is aware of this, and unity in the continent must be found, by supporting these projects which range from good governance to the development of infrastructures, to new competitions and the development of academies for young players, ”FIFA said the president.

CAF, with 54 member associations, is the largest FIFA confederation in terms of member countries.

Presidential elections will take place to choose the successor of the Malagasy, Ahmad Ahmad.

The candidates are Jacques Bernard Daniel Anouma (Ivory Coast), Patrice Motsepe (South Africa), Augustine Emmanuel Augustine Senghor (Senegal) and Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania.

The winning candidate will automatically become FIFA Vice-President.

Infantino attended the recent COSAFA AGM held in Johannesburg.

COSAFA President Philip Chiyangwa agreed with Infantino that African football is at a critical stage.

“What is needed is strong and decisive leadership. This is how we are going to develop the game and deliver the future we all want to see for African football, ”Chiyangwa said.

To listen to The COSAFA Show, read this link: https://iono.fm/e/1001196

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