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Letshwiti welcomes FIFA ‘takeover’ of CAF

MQONDISI DUBE
Letshwiti PIC: KENENDY RAMOKONE
Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, Maclean Letshwiti has welcomed FIFA’s decision to take over the running of CAF affairs.

FIFA and CAF released a joint statement yesterday, announcing that the world soccer body is taking control of the continent’s affairs. Letshwiti hailed the step, and said it was in the right direction in a bid to cleanse the game.  to page 51

“I support the initiative. I congratulate the president of CAF who has seen it fit that this is done in the best interest of the game,” Letshwiti said.

Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s secretary general, will hold the title of FIFA High Commissioner for Africa after the world’s soccer body stepped in to run the stricken organisation.

FIFA suspended payments to the African soccer federation this week, as the crisis deepened.

Embattled CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad was questioned by police in France

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last week, as investigations continue into corruption allegations.

Ahmad was seen as a saviour when he took over from long serving Issa Hayatou in 2017, breaking the Cameroonian’s lengthy stay, in charge of FIFA’s largest regional confederation.

COSAFA members, including Botswana, backed Ahmad, a former Madagascar Cabinet minister, as his election in 2017 was seen as heralding a new dawn.

But it has all gone pear-shaped for CAF as allegations of corruption around Ahmad’s administration swell.

“FIFA and CAF will work closely together in order to best serve all African Member Associations to bring stability, serenity, professionalism and effective football development on the African continent where the passion for football is so prevalent,” the two bodies said in the joint statement.



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