To carry out a “revolution in African soccer” that he calls for, FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to give the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the means to invest in more competitions and infrastructure. FIFA wants to put African football “at the center of the world:
FIFA wants to put African football “at the center of the world
Putting African football”at the center of the world” is the conclusion of a six-month mission conducted by FIFA, at the request of the President of the African Confederation (CAF). Ahmad Ahmad asked for FIFA’s help in setting up better “governance” of this gigantic group of 54 federations – 54 African countries that make up CAF, but none of whose teams has ever won a world competition.
The African continent, however, “provides” (although it sometimes fails to train them itself) the world’s greatest players… who are quickly snapped up by European or Persian Gulf clubs. This is what experts call the “exogenous trend” of African soccer.
There are European soccer clubs that create training centers in African countries, but often these initiatives do not last, there are local realities that they do not necessarily master and that, over time, discourage them. Today, Africa must take care of itself. European clubs are still interested, many future stars come from Africa. How to structure all this again? It is the local actors, the local federations that must work better and more seriously.
As such, Morocco is given as an example on the continent with the performances of its national team and its great capacity to host international competitions.
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