Caf has announced that a team led by Caf Legends will inspect sporting infrastructure ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying matches to ensure that matches are hosted in facilities that meet international standards particularly for the safety and security players, officials and fans.
The announcement was made at a seminar on Development of Competitions and Infrastructure in Africa held in the Moroccan city of Sale on Saturday.
Caf president Ahmad said the move was aimed at having African matches hosted under conditions that meet global standards.
“It is in this regard that we organized a workshop dedicated to General Coordinators and Technical Study Group members in order to respect the standards required for the stadia that will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers,” he said.
Caf deputy secretary-general Anthony Baffoe said that the legends are in a better position to appraise the facilities having played under various conditions and in different environments.
“As former footballers, they have seen it all and have the experience to aid the process. It is very important to get them involved in the decision-making process,” Baffoe said.
The Legends and Experts took part in an interactive session that outlined the scope of work and what is expected of them. The inspection tours are expected to commence before the end of February 2020.
Former Senegal midfielder, Khalilou Fadiga, one of the selected legends described the project as positive to the development of infrastructure, an essential element for the game.
“This is the way to go. It is a great initiative and African football will be the winner in the end. We will get to be on the ground, have a first-hand feel and make suggestions in key areas,” Fadiga, a member of the Teranga Lions class of 2002 said.
Meanwhile, the group stage for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 starts in September 2020.
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