The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that its presidential elections will hold in the Moroccan capital of Rabat next year.
Incumbent president Ahmad Ahmad is expected to face a stiff challenge in the quest to hold on to his post but so far he has refused to confirm or deny if he will run for a second term. In a video press conference held on Thursday 1o September, Ahmad said, “I am finalizing with my team. Such a position in society in a continent is not about personal ambition, it is a commitment that is sought after by different interest groups.”
The beleaguered 60-year-old Malagasy is fighting multiple allegations of corruption. He is the subject of an ethics inquiry by soccer’s global governing body, FIFA, and by the authorities in France where he was detained for 12 hours for questioning by the police in a corruption investigation.
A 55-page report by the accountancy firm PWC, hired to audit CAF uncovered millions of dollars of financial irregularities. Former CAF executive committee member and one of Ahmad’s harshest critics Musa Bility described the content of the report indicting his foe as “crimes against humanity” and “daylight robbery.”
Ahmad has also been accused of multiple acts of corruption around the award of commercial contracts, as well as being accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment of women within the CAF organization. A strong challenge against any second term ambition is expected next year.
Candidates will be able to apply from 11 September to 12 November, with the elections themselves scheduled to take place on 12 March.
In another highly anticipated announcement, CAF unveiled the new dates for the resumption of the Champions League and Confederation Cup initially scheduled 22 and 25 September respectively.
Champions League first legs between Morocco’s Raja Casablanca and Egypt’s Zamalek as well as Raja’s city rivals Wydad Casablanca against Cairo giants Al Ahly will now be played on 17-18 October, with the return legs a week later.
The final itself has been moved from 16 October to 6 November.
Meanwhile, the one-off Confederation Cup semi-finals will now take place on 19 and 20 October.
Guinea’s Horoya face Pyramids in one tie while Renaissance Berkane battle Moroccan compatriots Hassania Agadir in the other.
The Confederation Cup final, also in Rabat, has also been moved to 25 October, having earlier been set to take place on 27 September.
Wubetu Abate Appointed as New Ethiopia Coach
The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) have announced the appointment of Wubetu Abate as the new coach of the national team, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in November.
The EFF did not renew the contract of the national team’s former coach Abraham Mebratu last August amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Abate signed a two-year contract. At the unveiling, the EFF president Esayas Jira disclosed he was very careful with the recruitment process.
“Following the government’s approval of football activities resumption, we took only few days to name a new coach. The technical committee proposed a list of coaches and our choice fell on Wubetu Abate.”
Abate will be given the task to qualify the nation to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the FIFA World Cup qualifiers final playoffs.
The newly appointed coach says he is aware of the risks that come with the job, yet insists it is a dream to coach the Ethiopian national team.
“I like challenges and enjoy them. I face many challenges in my coaching career. The higher the risk, the higher the reward. It was a dream for me to manage Ethiopia national team. Surprisingly, the dream has come true, and I hope to achieve good results during my spell”.
Abate has managed domestic clubs in Ethiopia such as Adama City, Ethiopian Coffee, Dedebeit, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Hawassa City, Fasil Kenema, and Sebeta Town FC. He also coached a club in Sudan Al Ahli Shendi.
Ethiopia currently sit in second place in Group K of their AFCON qualifiers. They lost 1-0 to group leaders Madagascar, and had a surprising 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast in November 2019.
Abate’s first game in charge of the Ethiopian national team will be an away game against bottom of the table Niger in Niamey.
Nigeria Loses Bukayo Saka To England
Arsenal’s winger, Bukayo Saka, has picked The Three Lions of England ahead of the Nigerian senior national team.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) had courted the 19-year-old for the Super Eagles. However, hopes by Nigerian fans that the teenager will some day represent the country was put paid to after he was invited for England’s upcoming games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.
Saka, who was born in Ealing, Greater London, has expressed happiness at the invitation, tweeting “honoured and grateful to get my first
England call up ! #Blessings.”
The Three Lions play the Welsh side in a friendly at Wembley on October 8 before taking on the Red Devils and the Danish team in Nations League outings.
Saka had in July said that he had a difficult decision to make when it came to international football, and whether to stick with England after progressing through the youth ranks, or switch to Nigeria.
“It’s a tough choice,” Saka said at the time. “I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.
“We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision.”
Saka has been in fine form for Arsenal since breaking into the Gunners first team and last season he featured prominently as Mikel Arteta’s men finish eighth in the Premier League and also helped the club clinch the FA Cup title.
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