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Decisions of the CAF Executive Committee of 14 March 2017

At its meeting on 14 March 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the presidency of Issa Hayatou, the Executive Committee of the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) took the following resolutions concerning the competitions:

Total CHAN Kenya 2018
Significant progress has been made on the ground and there is a strong government commitment to host the competition and make it a success. This comes after the inspection mission to Kenya from February 20 to 24, led by CAF First Vice President, Suketu Patel. The inspection team visited the various sites, including Nairobi, with two stadiums, Eldoret, Meru and Machakos.

Total U-17 AFCON Gabon 2017
The proposal of the Local Organizing Committee to have Franceville and Port-Gentil as venues for the competition was confirmed, with the tournament taking place from 14 to 28 May 2017.

Total U-20 AFCON Zambia 2017
The CAF Executive Committee decided to send a letter of congratulations to the Zambian government authorities and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for the excellent organization of the competition which was a success on all levels.

Women’s Tournaments
The qualifiers schedule for the 11th edition of the Total Women’s AFCON, Ghana 2018, was adopted. The preliminaries will begin on 26 February 2018. In accordance with the international harmonized calendar for women’s competitions, the final tournament will take place from 17 November to 1 December 2018. The calendars of the African Zone qualifiers for the U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cups were also adopted.

Recommendation was made to the CAF Secretariat to proceed with the opening of nominations in order to select the host country for the 2020 edition of the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

In addition, the CAF Executive Committee unanimously recommended the CAF Disciplinary Board to proceed with the case of COSAFA President, also President of the Federation of Zimbabwe, Mr. Philip Chiyangwa who has multiplied actions and statements recently that appears to attack the honour of the CAF, its president and the members of the Executive Committee.

On the proceedings in Egypt, concerning the contract between CAF and Lagardère Sports for the marketing of the media and marketing rights of certain CAF competitions, the CAF Executive Committee invited the CAF General Secretary to continue the ongoing legal proceedings and reiterated that everything has been done in compliance with the statutes of the CAF, laws and regulations in this matter.

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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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