The CAF Extraordinary General Assembly took place on Thursday, 29 September 2016 in Cairo, Egypt with the election of two Africana onto the FIFA Executive Council and the approval of a proposal from the CAF Executive Committee for the modification of Statutes dominating the headlines.
Also getting the approval of the Congress that saw all 54 National Associations affiliated to CAF present, was the Rules governing the application of the statutes and Rules of the General Assembly of CAF.
For the elections onto the FIFA Council for a transitory period from 30 September 2016 to 16 March 2017, CAF 2nd Vice President Almamy Kabele (Guinea) and CAF Executive Committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) went through after polling 37 votes and 31 votes respectively. Ahmad (Madagascar), also a member of the CAF Executive Committee got 30 votes and Augustin Senghor (Senegal), president of the Senegal Football Federation polled nine.
The duo thus joins CAF President Issa Hayatou (Cameroon), Hani Abo Rida (Egypt), Constant Omari (DR Congo), Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia) and Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) as the Africans on the FIFA Council.
For the proposal from the CAF Executive Committee, for the modifications of the Statutes, Rules governing the application of the Statutes and Rules of the General Assembly of CAF, 42 voted in favour with one against.
The congress however rejected a proposal from the Djibouti Football Federation for the modification of Article 18.3 of the CAF Statutes regarding the candidacy for the CAF President. Thirty-two (32) voted against the proposal, 16 in favour and five abstentions.
In a speech, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who attended the legislative and supreme organ of CAF for the first time on African soil since assuming reins of the global football body last February, underscored the importance of the African continent in the development of football across the world.
"Africa has a very important role in football. We have to move into action and let's give Africa the place it deserves in world football. Africa will benefit most from a proposed increase in the football investment program.
"It is my wish that a 40-team World cup will have at least two more slots for Africa. CAF must support FIFA to make this possible.
"The wind of reform is blowing and with the support of all we can be on the right track," said Infantino who was accompanied by FIFA General Secretary, Fatma Samoura.
CAF President Hayatou said: "that CAF has become a permanent institution, which will soon celebrate its 60th anniversary, is largely thanks to our various forms of sacrifices, from our predecessors and business partners who believed in us since many years ago.
"It is due to the urgent need for CAF to align itself with the new status quo that we have gathered here today for the Extraordinary General Assembly, in order to update our statutes to conform with those of FIFA. As well as to be capable of standing up to the supplemental positions which henceforth are Africa's in FIFA's Council.
"We ought, together, to continue with the reflection in order to propel ourselves into the future and definitely set African football in proper alignment with modernity, be it from a statutory or structural stand point. Together we have been working on it unrelentingly long ago".
Meanwhile, the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly will take place on Thursday, 16 March 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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