CAF hits out at 'fake news' authors, blames former regime for financial mess
CAF hits out at 'fake news' authors, blames former regime for financial mess

CAF hits out at 'fake news' authors, blames former regime for financial mess

CAF has come out to defend itself over allegations of financial impropriety and other administrative failings terming the media reports "false and unsubstantiated claims."

Over the weekend, they were some media reports in some blogs and on social media that linked top CAF officials with massive embezzlement of funds at the Cairo-headquartered football body. The reports claimed that broadcast rights were illegally sold and individuals pocketed millions of dollars. 

In a press statement, CAF said that it will not be derailed by the misleading reports. The statement, however, appeared to blame the former regime led by Issa Hayatou for the financial mess at CAF. 

"More than 30 years of outdated and patriarchal management at CAF have resulted in important shortcomings at all levels of operations. The Executive Committee's commitment to a new chapter based on international best practices motivated its decision to launch a comprehensive audit of CAF operations, during its meeting on April 11th 2019. Additionally, it was the Executive Committee which requested a six-month partnership with FIFA to accelerate the reforms it had initiated," the report read in part.

Realistic ambition

The Pan-African football body called for patience as it undertakes governance and structural changes with the help of FIFA. 

"Also, we need to set the right level of expectations. It would not be realistic to pretend that those structural changes can all take place in a matter of weeks. Rather, the Executive Committee is fully committed to achieving this ambition during its tenure," it added.

CAF also said that a meeting has been scheduled for February 14th 2020 to validate the 2020-2021 CAF roadmap which will take into accounts all the recommendations.

"Regular and transparent communication will ensure that all observers and African football enthusiasts can evaluate the progress towards a new CAF," it concluded. 

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