After 29 unprecedented years as Africa’s football supremo, Issa Hayatou’s iron grip as CAF president came to a dramatic end in Ethiopia. But will the ascension of Ahmad open the needed chapter of reform and good governance in the continent, which many are demanding? Osasu Obayiuwana witnessed the dramatic election in Addis Ababa.
Millions of leaked documents have revealed tax evasion and financial fraud involving some of the world’s biggest names in football. More must be done about this type of fraud, says the FIFA president, but main responsibility should lie with unions and federations.
With the signing of a large, but undisclosed, sponsorship deal and the prospect of Issa Hayatou’s continuous reign, the governance of African football remains in the deep, dark night. Osasu Obayiuwana reports.
The allegations of corruption among FA managers and officials, including former English manager Sam Allardyce, have entailed critique of the FA but also calls for a broader look into the governance of sport.