The History of African Football: Appearance of Confederation of African Football
Today, almost all of the world’s giant clubs have come from Africa. And the interest in African players continues to grow. But before the creation of CAF (Confederation of African Football), Africa was represented in FIFA only by 4 member associations. Egypt joined the World Federation of Football Association in 1923, Sudan in 1948, South Africa in 1952 and Ethiopia in 1953. These countries represent a kind of a regional group.
In June 6th to 9th, 1956 in Lisbon was held the thirtieth FIFA congress. A nd in June 7th to 8th in the hotel «Avendia» gathered African delegates from Egypt, Sudan, and South Africa and by joint decision announced the creation of the Confederation of African Football. Also at the same meeting it was decided to hold the first continental competition in 1957 in Khartoum.
The first constituent assembly of Confederation of African Football took place on February 8, 1957 in Khartoum. It was attended by the representatives of Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa. There were developed and adopted the charter of Confederation of African Football, and the instructions for the African Cup. Abdollah Salem Abdelaziz was elected the first president of the CAF. The honorary position of Secretary General was taken by Mohammed Yusuf (Egypt).
The start date of the first African Cup was set for February 10 in the absence of the South African representative. On 21st of June, 1957 in Zurich, FIFA Executive Committee endorsed the decisions of Confederation of African Football.
Article 5 of the Confederation of African Football provided that the headquarters of CAF should be in the same city where the president and general secretary of the organization is. This is why Cairo took over the headquarters of Confederation of African Football.
In June 1958 in Stockholm under the FIFA Congress was held the third General Assembly of CAF. The new president appointed was the national Abdelaziz Abdelaziz Mostafa Salem.