FIFA ends intervention in African football

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The FIFA logo can be seen on September 26, 2017 in front of the headquarters in Zurich. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) – FIFA ended its six-month intervention in the African Football Association on Sunday after the mission to accelerate football reform on the continent was "successfully completed".

The governing body of world football also confirmed that the role of Secretary General Fatma Samoura as "General Delegate for Africa" ​​ended on February 1.

FIFA has effectively taken the lead in African football following the corruption scandals that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) consumed last year, including allegations against CAF President Ahmad Ahmad that he denied.

FIFA confirmed at the time that Ahmad, a former cabinet minister in his hometown of Madagascar, was examined by the ethics committee even though he was not suspended. Ahmad was briefly arrested and questioned by the French authorities in June as part of a corruption investigation.

A number of proposals were submitted to the CAF Executive Committee in Rabat on Sunday after the mission ended, FIFA said.

This included the creation of a group of professional referees funded by FIFA in cooperation with the CAF and the creation of a $ 1 billion fund for infrastructure investments, including stadiums, in all 54 African member associations.

It was also proposed to create a pan-African league, outlined by FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a speech on Saturday, and to look for new initiatives in the areas of women's football, youth and national team competitions. A 100-point good governance plan has also been proposed.

"FIFA is pleased that the joint effort with CAF has been made and implemented within the originally proposed timeframe," said FIFA.

"(It) reaffirms FIFA's commitment to be available to African football to help raise its level to the top."

Reporting by Brian Homewood, Ed Osmond editor