CAF Introduces New Award Categories

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee (ExCo) led by its President Ahmad Ahmad yesterday held its second statutory meeting of 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

Among the decisions officials took was the introduction of three new award categories, namely, the African Interclubs Player of the Year, the best African Club President and a special recognition award for contributions to society were approved.

The 28th edition of CAF Awards for footballers and officials who have excelled in 2019 will take place in Egypt on January 7, 2020, with Official Event Partner, the PickAlbatross Hotel Group.

Meanwhile, the committee approved FIFA Forward football development projects for 2020. The initiative calls on each football association, zonal association or confederation to contribute financial resources towards the development of football, among others, targeting young boys and girls.

They also ratified CAF’s first-ever Safety and Security Regulations as well as the Emergency Committee’s decision to terminate the CAF/Lagardère Sports contract.

Also approved were new organisational chart and refereeing reform project. The lists of the CAF Standing Committees were also approved.

Concerning competitions

The committee approved the hosting of the groups for the CHAN Cameroon 2020. As such, the members chose April 4-25, 2020 as the dates for the final phase of the CHAN Cameroon 2020. They also decided to February 14, 2020, as the date for the Super Cup.

The FIFA Club World Cup 2021 representatives from Africa will be the first, second and third place winners of the Champions League 2020/2021. New formats for youth and women’s competitions based on 12 teams were approved.

The committee also approved opening a tender for the Women’s CAN 2020.

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Due to metrological issues, the committee held that the dates of the CAN 2021 will be decided jointly by CAF and the host country.

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