View Full Version : Caf never ceases to amaze

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
12th March 2013, 01:29 PM
You got to hand it to the Confederation of African Football. If ever there was a group of guys blessed with the ability to commit hara-kiri, cut their nose to spite their faces or better still, to shoot themselves in the foot, you will never find a betterbunch.

A man who was jailed for six months charged with the misuse of his country football federation funds, has been overwhelmingly voted into the executive committee of the Caf during their congress that was held in Marrakech, Morocco over the weekend.

Anjorin Moucharafu, a former President of the Benin Football Federation is alleged to have failed to account for sponsorship money from a mobile company earmarked as prize money for the establishment of the country’s professional football league.

As a sign of protest, 11 out of 15 members of his executive committee resigned in disgust and tried to pass a motion of no confidence. He was summarily thrown into jail where he was to spend six months and an interim committee was elected.

Anther character whose name raises eyebrows within football circles is Amadou Diakite. The Malian was banned by Fifa from all football activities for two years for his alleged involvement in the “votes for sale” scandal that rocked Fifa during 2010.

It had always been speculated that Fifa’s decision to give powers to its 24 members to decide the destiny of the next venue for the Fifa World Cup tournament was not only flawed, but open to abuse and could be manipulated.

Some of us are still nursing the painful wounds inflicted by one Charles Dempsey (may his soul rest in peace) who raised the ire of South Africans by abstaining from voting for the destiny of the 2006 Fifa World Cup and we ended up labeling him that “poor old fart!”

It later turned out, according to several German journalists, that their country had, unbeknown to many people, influenced the outcome of that vote after singingmulti-billion dollar television deals and were not about to allow upstarts from Africa to destabilize all that.

And during 2010, America and even Australia were left to wonder how they were beaten to the punch when both Russia and Qatar were announced as bid winners to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, when their bids were technically inferior to the Americans in the first place.

But it was before the British media had busted several Fifa executive members, including Amos Adamu and Amoudu Diakite who were unmasked in a sting operation to have solicited bribes in exchange for their votes for both the 2018 and 2022.

Fifa employed former United States Attorney General Michael Garcia to clean up their battered image and to flush out any elements found to be involved in bribery and corruption and since then, both Adamu and Diakite were banned from all football activities.

This week Blatter extended a banning order on Sri Lankan Vernon Manilal Fernando, a member of the executive committee for his possible involvement in corruption practices.

It is alleged that Michael Garcia, who heads the Fifa Investigative Chamber of the Ethics Committee, is investigating alleged misuse of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) funds.

Fernando was a close ally of former Fifa executive committee member and AFC president Mohammed Bin Hammam who is banned for life from football following his involvement in the 2011 bribery scandal when he was standing against Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

Hammam withdrew from the presidential race after delegates produced wads of US$40 000 each and alleged Jack Warner had offered them and tried to influence them to vote for Hammam. Fernando had accompanied Hammam on that ill-fated trip to Trinidad and Tobago.

But at the same time that Blatter was implementing his so-called zero tolerance towards corruption, a man who was banned by Fifa for his involvement in the“votes for sale” scandal – Diakite – was overwhelmingly voted into the CAF executive.

Despite the fact that his name was tainted by those claims of corruption and he had in fact been removed from Fifa, in their wisdom, the CAF delegates saw nothingwrong in electing such a man back into their executive committee.

I have no beef with Diakite or Moucharafu for that matter. My only concern is how do you vote into public office men who have been involved in bribery and corruption involving millions of dollars?

by Mokwena Kwenaite