In every civilized society, there’s no organization that could succed or be productive in whatever they do without having a leader who dictate the tune and also carve out different channels in which the organization can be successful.
In other words, African football has seen a whole lot of president come and gone, some came into the system and served for a longer period while some could only made do with a short period of time in the system to tutor and coordinate the affairs of all footballing federations under the umbrella of CAF.
Today, Cheapgoals takes a look at the past and present CAF President that has being in charge of proceedings in CAF with their success and failure.
Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem – Egypt
Abdallah Salem was an Egyptian engineer and the first President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), in tribute to Salem, the first trophy from 1957 to 1978 of the African Cup of Nations football was called Trophy Abdelaziz-Abdallah-Salem.
Salem was also the President of the Egyptian Football Association from 1952 to 1959, also he was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and he was present at the meeting of 8 committee members which led to the birth of Confederation of African Football which he became the first president from 1957-1958.
Salem could only made do with just a year in office as the President of CAF, and he was able to changed the face of African football as Africa saw the birth of Africa Cup of Nations under his reign.
Abdel Aziz Moustafa – Egypt
Moustafa also from Egypt served for a period of 10 years before he left office, Moustafa took over from Salem after the third CAF General Assembly which took place in 1958 in Stockholm during the FIFA Congress and World Cup.
During Moustafa 10 years reign, under his watch at the General Assembly in Accra, a decision was taken to create a new club competition for African team.
Abdel Halim Mohammed – Sudan
Halim became the third CAF President when the current President Moustafa, failed to come to the eighth CAF General Assembly hosted in 1968, and Abdel Halim, who was voted unanimously after Ahmad Bakr of Egypt withdrew his own candidature.
Halim served as the third president of the Confederation of African Football from 1968 to 1972 and again from 1987 to 1988, he participated in founding the Graduates General Congress that went later on to draft the first memorandum.
He was also one of the founders of the Confederation of African Football and the first president of the Sudanese Football Association, Sudanese Equestrian Association, Sudanese National Olympic Committee, Sudanese Basketball Association.
Two years after the elections, the constituency protested that Halim was not doing much towards the promised reforms, so during the seventh edition of the Nations Cup in the Sudan 1970, twenty member associations signed a petition demanding the establishment of a special committee for thorough review and amendment of the statutes.
Yidnekatchew Tessema – Ethiopia
Tessema was elected in Cameroon in 1972, to rule African Football with an iron hand for 15 years, during the Yaounde’s Assembly CAF President Halim lost his seat to Tessema by 15 voices to 12.
With Tessema as President and Mourad Fahmy as General Secretary, CAF broke new grounds, although Tessema did not inherit a ready made Confederation, however peace in the Confederation and total focus on the overall developmental works of the Continent’s football, prevailed only after that year historic Congress in 1972 in Yaoundé.
Up till date, Tessema was viewed as the most successful African football leader, who had resolved all early detractive problems and directed total focus towards the development of the game, not only for his era, but also for the future of the continent’s most popular sport.
Issa Hayatou – Cameroon
Hayatou, who was President of the Cameroonian Football Federation from 1986 to 1988, succeeded Tessema as CAF President at the General Assembly in Casablanca in 1988, during the elections Hayatou grabbed 22 votes as against 18 votes for the Togolese challenger Godfried Ekoué.
Under his leadership, African football made a giant strides until 1990, with the African Cup of Nations only with eight finalists, however, through his initiatives the number was increased first in 1992 to 12 and in 1996 to 16 teams.
Also in 1991, the African Youth Championship was redesigned, and now features eight teams in a final tournament every two years, same for the U17 competition which followed suit in 1995, and three years later a tournament for women, CAF Women U19 Championship was also staged.
It was also under his leadership that an African country finally got to stage the biggest football event in the world ‘The FIFA World Cup’, likewise the African Cup of Champions Clubs also undergone a remarkable innovation into the CAF Champions League with huge prize money.
Although Hayatou had a successful reign as CAF President, but then we also can’t forget some of the corruption cases that rocked the institution under his reign in his 29 years of leadership.
Ahmad Ahmad – Madgascar
Ahmad assumes the role of CAF President after an undistinguished playing career and 14 years at the helm of the Madagascar Football Federation. Hayatou’s incumbency might have lasted almost three decades but he had only been challenged twice, before emerging victorious both times with landslide victories.
Ahmad will now serve a four-year term, after upstaging the longest serving Caf President in history, with the institution only ever had five presidents in its 60 years history and the last time a new leader was elected was back in 1988 before Ahmed now became the new sheriff in town.
Since Ahmed got into power, the AFCON has also gone through a new innovation, as his tenure so far promises to be success and some greater to expect in the future of African football.
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.