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Decisions of the CAF Executive Committee of 23 September

The CAF Executive Committee under the chairmanship of CAF President Ahmad, met on Saturday, 23 September. The Committee deliberated on some 20 items on the agenda with highlights below;

Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2018: With an overwhelming majority of the members present, it was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country, the last of which took place from 11 to 17 September 2017.

The CAF Acting General Secretary has been instructed to immediately open a bidding process for a new host. The deadline for receipt of applications is seven days from Sunday, 24 September 2017. The identity of the bidding countries will be disclosed within a maximum 15 days of the opening of the bidding process.

Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019: A meeting of the Organizing Committee will be convened as soon as possible to elaborate the terms of reference for the call for tenders to be opened for the selection of an audit firm to carry out an inspection mission of infrastructure to host the tournament.

Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2018: The format and schedule of the qualifiers were approved, and the draw also conducted. A first inspection mission is to be conducted in Ghana by the end of 2017.

In the absence of applications submitted on time, it was decided by the Executive Committee to re-open the bidding process for the 2020 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Following the withdrawal of Zambia as the host country for the tournament, a new call for applications was opened from 26 July to 31 August 2017.

Egypt has been designated as the host country because it was the only country that provided a complete dossier on time.

Interclub Competitions: The Executive Committee decided to postpone the considerations for the transition of the Interclub competitions from February – November to August – May.

The matter will be examined by the Interclub Committee, which is now fully constituted, before forwarding their recommendations to the Executive Committee.

FIFA World Cup: The Executive Committee welcomed Morocco’s candidature and is proud that an African country has applied for the hosting of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the first to be played with 48 teams.

Symposium on women’s football: An organizing committee, to work on the success of the event planned in Morocco in the first quarter of 2018, was set up and composed as follows:
1- Isha Johansen (Sierra Leone)
2- Lydia Nsekera (Burundi)
3- Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco)
4- Meskerem Tadesse (Ethiopia)
5- Patricia Rajearison (Madagascar)
6- Alhaja Ayo Omidiran (Nigeria)


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GABORONE, Botswana – Following the request by Senior National Team Coach, Adel Amrouche for leave of absence to attend to a personal matter, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to inform the public that he has been granted the leave with immediate effect.

Since the COSAFA tournament is the last competitive tournament for the Zebras in the immediate future, the BFA amicably resolved to release Amrouche. The affairs of the National team in preparation for the tournament, set to take place in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from 7-18 July 2021 shall be handed over to Letang Kgengwenyane.

“The BFA understands and supports Mr. Amrouche’s situation and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,” said BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor.

Amrouche took over as the Zebras head coach in August 2019 on a two-year deal. After weeks of engaging with the coach over his future, an agreement was reached not to extend his contract.

Adel Amrouche

“Amrouche has been Zebras head coach since August 2019, and his leadership during that time was important to our successful development and international exposure of our players,” added Taylor.

“We appreciate all that Amrouche has done to build a disciplined team. He has always had a thorough understanding of what it takes to be a successful team and has done his best to mentor his players accordingly,” concluded Taylor.

Amrouche has since expressed gratitude towards the BFA for the opportunity.
“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead the Zebras over the last two years. I leave having picked up quite a number of valuable lessons that will be necessary in the journey ahead. I wish the Zebras success in future competitions,” Amrouche said in statement recently.

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