FIFA President Gianni Infantino has left his silence on the latest scandals that have rocked CAF, expressing concern over the situation of African football.
In an interview, the FIFA boss first spoke about FIFA’s responsibilities. “The current situation worries me and worries FIFA. And several African federations are asking us to do something. If the Ethics Commission has any suspicion whatsoever about the President or anyone else, she will take action. We will not hide, we will assume and take our responsibilities. FIFA wants to help bring Africa out of this situation. But I do not want to hide behind the argument, it’s the CAF, it’s Africa, it’s not about FIFA. No, it concerns us,” he said.
And to add: “First, we must respect the presumption of innocence. Then, it’s clear that there are problems in African football. We also saw him with the final of the CAF Champions League”.
Note that Gianni Infantino will be present at the opening match of the AfCON, which will oppose the host country Egypt to Zimbabwe. On this occasion, he should meet several presidents of federations, and exchange with CAF officials.
It should also be remembered that CAF President Ahmad Ahmad was arrested in Paris and then released without any charge against him, in connection with the investigations related to the break-up, by the CAF of the contract with Puma for engage with Technical Steel.
According to former secretary general Amr Fahmy, Ahmad Ahmad is close to a leader of the French company, which would have favored the signing of the contract. The Malagasy had defended himself, last April, and assured that all decisions are made in a transparent manner.
And that’s not all. African football has also been shaken by the scandal of the absence of the VAR of the Champions League final between EST and Wydad, which will finally be replayed.