AFCON 2022:  Weak  African football governing body CAF Succumbs to ECA intimidation  bows  to European   clubs 


AFCON 2022:  Weak  African football governing body CAF Succumbs to intimidation  bows  to European   clubs

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

Africa’s football governing body , Confederation of African Football , CAF has felled to propaganda from European clubs, who subtly  resisted the official  early release of African players to proceed to feature at the January 2022 edition of  African cup of nations slated to kick off in Cameroon.

In a missive dated 25th December 2021  addressed to General Secretary Cher Jerome signed by  Mattias Graftsrom,  FIFA Assistant Secretary, football  stated  that CAF has shelve the mandatory rules that orders the release of international players , 14 days before the kick off  major tournaments.

The missive stated that CAF in the spirit of solidarity  has conceded for African players to arrive on 3rd January as against 27th January as  inscribed in the rules.

Noting that the players may remain with their clubs until their last match during this period, a decision that has amazed African football  stakeholders, who described the  decision by CAF as weak and  dismissive  submission that gives a contrary impression of the strength  of African football being the second largest football confederation  behind  South America.

It will be recalled the European Clubs Association EC had  in letter written to FIFA had threatened that it will not release its player to proceed to Africa to represent their countries.

ECA also  set conditions for African countries that required the  services of their players to comply with, which includes prove of  total compliance with Covid-19 protocols, that the players will not serve their countries beyond the period agreed upon,  ECA also submit  that the players will not be release, if it would necessitate they missing official matches.

Further it would be recalled  English Premier League side, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was alleged to have described Africa’s largest football fiesta as little tournament , he has though denied the  defaming statement  been attributed to  him, but Jurgen Klopp  features amongst the crop of managers that instigated the subtle  threat on not to release African players, our checks rebealed.





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