CAF President Ahmad to review TV deal and AFCON timing

By Daily Sports on April 8, 2017

Views: 2,839

Contentious decisions on African football’s television rights and tournament hosting agreements will be reviewed in the coming months, new Confederation of African Football President (CAF) Ahmad said on Friday.

The possibility of changing the timing of Africa Cup of Nations finals is also on the cards, as well as the qualification process for junior tournaments.

“I will be discussing with as many stake holders as there around African football to come up with the best solution for the problems,” Ahmad, who uses only one name, told a media conference in Johannesburg after meeting with presidents of southern Africa’s football associations.

The new CAF president, who comes from Madagascar, pulled off an upset triumph over long-term incumbent Issa Hayatou in last month's elections.

Ahmad said he was concerned about a 12-year television deal that CAF signed last year with French-based Lagardere Sports.

“This contract is the subject of a judicial challenge in the Egyptian courts at the moment and it was to protect the integrity of CAF in this issue that the general secretary Hicham (El Amrani) submitted his resignation, which we accepted,” he said.

“We will investigate but I am concerned about the length of the contract. I would never sign anything for longer than three years.”

Lagardere Sports hold the television and marketing rights over all CAF’s major properties and have guaranteed African football a minimum of $1bn (£807m) in income over the next 12 years. Last month’s CAF Congress was told this could be more in the region of $1.5bn (£1.2bn).

Ahmad said he would also consider switching the hosting of the Nations Cup from January to mid-year and also look at its two-year frequency.

“It is the big stars who make this tournament and I will be talking to them to see how they feel. This is something where we need to consider many different points of view,” he said.

African footballers at European clubs are under increasing pressure to forego the tournament because it falls in the middle of their club season.

Ahead of January’s finals in Gabon, nine players took the unprecedented step of turning down call-ups to play for the country in order to stay at their clubs.

Ahmad said CAF would also look at regionalising qualification for its Under-20 and Under-17 Championship.

Phillip Chiyangwa, president of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, said his organisation would also seek to reverse CAF’s decision to host the next three Nations Cup tournaments in francophone countries in West Africa.

The 2019 tournament is to be held in Cameroon, the 2021 finals in the Ivory Coast and 2023 was handed to Guinea.

“They were politically aggressively awarded to those countries. Only one region is benefiting from all competitions,” he said. “There must be a commission of enquiry into how this came about and we are going to protest it.”

Ahmad takes charge of his first CAF executive committee meeting in Bahrain on 8 May, just days before the FIFA Congress. (BBC)

Photo shows CAF President Ahmad.

Source Daily Sports

Posted April 8, 2017


 

You may also like...
Algeria coach targets decent result against Nigeria

Man City beat Liverpool to close gap at...

Gyan not retiring yet

USA forward Dempsey announces retirement

England among favourites to win Euro 2016 –...

US Open Final Will Be Battle Of The...

 

Latest News 2022 WAFCON: Super Falcons Will Miss Oshoala –Dosu Agbonlahor: Why Tuchel Won’t Want To Sign Ronaldo Oshoala, Three Super Falcons Stars Nominated For 2022 CAF Women’s POTY Award Oshoala Ruled Out Of 2022 WAFCON Brume, Amusan lead Nigeria’s 22-man list to World Athletics Championships LOC to unveil Asaba 2022 National Sports Festival mascot, logo today Super Falcons will make us proud again- Sports director The Undertaker excited by Adesanya’s UFC 276 ‘deadman’ entrance South Africa Coach, Ellis: How We Clipped Super Falcons Wings Morocco 2022 AWCON Football Summit: Super Falcons Go For Kill Adesanya defeats Cannonier to retain UFC 276 middleweight title, targets Pereira U.S. schools saved Nigeria N26m at national trials, says AFN Performance Director

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (49,934 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (41,119 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (39,542 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (39,520 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (39,258 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (39,091 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (38,814 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (38,199 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (37,577 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (36,493 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (34,853 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (34,314 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (426) Basketball (302) Boxing (727) Columnists (670) Euro Soccer Update (13618) Fans Assembly (6) From the Grassroots (68) Golf (122) Interviews (17) Live Commentary (7) News (8115) NPL Glo Premier League (1316) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (10) Tennis (933)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media