CAF President Ahmad Partners With African Legends
New CAF President Ahmad Ahmad campaigned on a change ticket and things are already looking different at the Cairo-based organization as the continental body has set out plans to engage former footballers in its activities.
The new chief has revealed plans to involve the likes of Ghana legend Abedi Pele, Ivory Coast great Didier Drogba and many other retired footballers on the continent as he looks to bring rapid development to the game, Sunnewsonline writes.
The 57-year-old CAF President adds that talks are already underway for collaborations with iconic figures of the game as he bids to change the face of the game during his tenure.
“I’ve spoken to (Didier) Drogba by telephone, I saw Abedi Pele, a colleague’s seen Samuel Eto’o, I talked to Patrick M’boma,” said Ahmad.
“Soon, we will organise a meeting with representatives of these African stars to discuss future collaborations with CAF. For example, at the next CAN under-17s (May 21st to June 4th, in Gabon) I would like to set up a sponsorship for players to come and talk with young people, give motivation and advice.”
Ahmad, 57, also addressed allegations that the football governing body has not been transparent in its dealings down the years.
“The change I can guarantee is at the level of financial management because perhaps for too long CAF is not at the (proper) standard, with lack of transparency,” he said.
“Bad governance, with interference in the making of decisions – all that is going to stop.”
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