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.
From the very beginning of its participation in the World Championships, African soccer has progressed steadily. In 1970, 1974 and 1978, Africa was represented by a signle team – Morocco, Zair and respectively, Tunisia. In the next three championships “black continent” was already represented by two soccer teams: Algeria and Cameroon, Algeria and Morocco, and respectively, Cameroon and Egypt. Three teams from Africa (Morocco, Nigeria and Cameroon) have presented at the World Cup in the USA (1994). And in 1998, at the championship were exactly five African soccer teams.
Today, soccer on the African continent, is especially developed in the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The favorites of African football teams today are Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal and South Africa.
Nowadays, African soccer club is in desperate need of funding. Nonetheless, the teams are in need of discipline and organization. In addition, Africa has its own characteristics, its own mentality.
Sports officials in Africa are not taking any steps to stop the atrocities, committed by the fans of the losing team. Of course, the Confederation of African Football can do little, given the fact that most of the stadiums are owned by the state.
Today it is considered that soccer matches in Africa are very poorly organized, stadiums have poor safety and are uncomfortable for the audience. This leads to a decrease in the attention of sponsors, the TV channels.
World Cup Boosts African Footballers Traffic to Europe
World Cup is a good opportunity for the expatriation of a new wave of talented athletes from the black continent. For African footballers Europe is a chance to escape from poverty, along with their families.
Frenchman Jean-Marc Guillou is an example of successful “breeder of African footballers”. After founding football schools – which provides trainings, education, three meals a day and a home – in Mali, Ghana, Madagascar, Egypt and Algeria, the manager exported 140 African footballers in Europe.
“I want to become professional football player and make money so that I can give my family a better life. I do not want my parents to die in a slum house. This is my mission and I can not fail” says Amadou Keita, one of the young African footballers who dreams of going to a club like AC Milan or FC Barcelona, quoted by “Der Spiegel“.
Whatever the risks, African footballers are attracted by the lure of Europe, which associates it with the abundance of jobs, money and their welfare. Their models are Mahmadou Diarra from Real Madrid, Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan or Didier Drogba from Chelsea London. Since the ’50s, European clubs came to Africa to look for young talents. Currently profits from the sale of African footballers are growing.
But the World Cup is preparing a new exodus of African footballers to Europe.
“I want to become professional football and make money so that I can give my family a better life.” Amadou Keitatanar African footballer says.
Top 5 Young Football Players on African Cup!
They are the future Drogba and Toure of the European Football teams!
From the start of the competition there are no important names from the forces of Europe missing , but young talents are also present.
Even though in Libya, the country organizing the tournament, there are missing the great forces of the continent such as Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt and South Africa, the other teams have young players, already bought by football teams from Europe.
1.Olivier Bonnes (Niger, 20 years, Lille football team, B) – defensive midfielder was bought by French champions, after good evolutions at Nantes.
2.Biyogo Andre Poko (Gabon, 18 Bordeaux football team, B) – bought by Girondins de Bordeaux after a friendly match between the French team and African squad. Within the party verification, Biyogo marked by a technique of great finesse, a ladder over the keeper.
3.Younes Belhanda (Morocco, 21 years, Montpellier football team) – the talented midfielder is key player in French band. It has over 100 games played in Montpellier’s shirt in all competitions.
4. Alhassane Bangoura (Guinea, 19 years, Rayo Vallecano football team) – about the attacker was said that he was in the spotlight of clubs in Spain such as Real Madrid. He scored at its opening match in the African national. He was promoted to Rayo’s big team after making a show in junior league: 23 goals in 25 appearances!
5. Sidy Kone (Mali, 19, football team Olympique Lyon) – seen as new Mahamadou Diarra by Bernard Lacombe. He debuted last year’s for OL”s seniors, but also for the national team, with which he participated in the first major tournament.
The Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) has appointed officials from Madagascar to handle the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying tie between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Flames of Malawi, at the UJ Usuene Stdaium, Calabar.
Fifa has named 29-year-old Hamada el Moussa Nampiandraza as centre referee, while compatriots Velomanana Ferdinand Jinoro, 32 and Jean Thierry Djaonirina, 42, serves as Assistant Referee 1 and 2 respectively, for the encounter.
Seth Jaovanona, 37, who became an international referee last year, has been named Fourth Official for the September 7 match.
Nampiandraza became an international referee in 2010, his compatriots, Jinoro and Djaonirina became an international assistant referees in 2012 and 2009 respectively.
Egyptian Abdul Hamid Radwan will be Referee Assessor as former Ghana international, Anthony Baffoe, is the Match Commissioner.
Patrick Beckles from Barbados, who was Security Officer for the Eagles’ last home game, against Kenya at the same venue in March, retains the position on September 7.
Sitting at the top of the log on nine points, Super Eagles will have to avoid defeat in that encounter to progress into the final play-off round of 2014 Brazil World Cup African qualifying series.
The draw for the final play-off series comes up on 16 September in Cairo.
Roman Abramovich, “Chelsea Football Club” (England):2003
The last year victory of “Chelsea” in the Champions League was really expensive for Abramovich. According to estimates of The Sun, top of European football cost nearly two billion pounds (including 642 mill – for buying players, 1,2 billion – for their salaries). Abramovich returned José Mourinho to the club (since 2003 in “Chelsea” have worked 9 coaches). The Mourinho‘s salary is 8.5 million pounds per year. By the way, according to Bloomberg, oligarch allocated about 200 million pounds for charity in 3 last years.
Achievements: Chelsea won 13 football trophies, was three-time champion of England, won the Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
David Traktovenko, “Sydney Football Club” (Australia):2006
The banker from St. Petersburg David Traktovenko sold his shares of “Zenith FC” to “Gazprom”and and decided to spend the money on football in the country where his daughter lives. At the moment, the businessman who has $550 million owns 90% of shares of “Sydney”. (The Chairman of “Sydney” Scott Barlow is Traktovenko’s son-in-law). We have not heard about “Sydney’s” profit, but it’s spending amazed the local football. Alessandro Del Piero’s salary who came to this football club last year is 2 million dollars per year. This is a record for Australian football.
Achievements: Season 2009/2010 – Champion of Australia.
Dmitry Rybolovlev, “Association Sportive de
Monaco Football Club” (Monaco):2011
When FC “Monaco” faced financial difficulties, Prince Albert II announced the search for “A first-class partner for the successful development of football”. Rybolovlev became this partner. He made his capital in the production of fertilizers and it is estimated at 9.1 billion dollars. According to the contract Russian has 66,7% of the shares, and the rest remaines in the possession of the principality. Under the agreement Rybolovlev has to invest in a football club 100 million dollars in 4 years. And “Monaco” has already spent 70 million euros his summer for a pair of players from the “Porto“.
Achievements: the first division of French football
Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) considers “deplorable” FIFA’s decision to provisionally suspend Cameroon in all competitions.
International Federation (FIFA) has taken this decision, accusing a “government interference” in the Fecafoot work, a week after canceling reelection of Iya Mohammed as president of Cameroon Federation, under the conditions that he is currently arrested for alleged embezzlement funds.
According to FIFA, Cameroon, currently employed in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, can not dispute any international competition “for the duration of suspension,” which will be raised after the establishment of a “normalization committee” composed of representatives from FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), responsible for “the review of Fecafoot state and the organization of new elections until 31 March 2014, while managing the day to day activities.”
“It is a deplorable situation with serious consequences’, said the communication responsible for FIFA from Fecafoot, Junior Binyam. “This suspension is harmful especially for young people who just want to play football. If a young Cameroonian footballer is requested by a club like Arsenal, will not be able to get there because the Cameroon Federation will not be able to deliver an international transfer certificate from FIFA” Cameroonian official added.
Cameroon currently occupies first place in Group I of WC 2014 qualifiers, African area, with a lead of one point from Libya, which will meet at home, in the last stage, scheduled on September 6.
The winners of the 10 African qualifying groups will then play qualification games for the 5 seats reserved for the continent to the tournament in Brazil.
Four Football Teams from Nigeria suspended after unreal score 79-0 and 67-0
The football team Plateau United Feeders has crushed Akurba FC with a score of 79-0, while Police Machine FC has torn apart Babayaro FC with 67-0.There have never been bigger scores in Africa, not since Madagascar’s AS Adema won with 149-0 in a game when Stade Olimpiqye l’Emyme was loosing and has scored a lot of goals as a protest to a referee’s decision.
Both football teams Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine FC needed definite victories to play next season in the first echelon.
At half-time, the football teams has managed to make the 13 goals difference between them smaller only for the tough part to begin as the football teams tried to outdo each other on goals.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) decided to suspend four football teams from the second devision involved in an assumed tricking of games after the “outrageous” results registered Monday on the games from the play-off: 79-0 and 67-0.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has rejected immediately these results, labeling them as “untrue and a shameful show that has never been seen in Nigeria”.
A spokesman of the Federation, Ademola Olajire, affirmed that there is a certainty of this arrangement between the four football teams, but they cannot say for sure if money are in the center of this deal.
“We have put together an investigating committee to find out what happened. We are scandalized.” added the Nigerian official in the interview for CNN.
Nigeria’s National Soccer team at The Confederation Cup 2013
Nineteen years after winning the last time, Nigeria won Africa’s Nation Cup 2013. In the final played at Johannesburg, those called „the survivors” have defeated Burkina Faso in the last act with the score of 1-0.
In the first game for Nigerians the Tahiti National, Ocean’ia’s champion in 2012, was clearly defeated, score of 1-6, at Belo Horizonte in Group B from the Confederation Cup.
The forward Nnamdi Oduamadi, under contract with AC Milan, has scored three times for the Africans, the other goals being scored by Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé (58) and Jonathan Tehau (68, auto-goal). Latter Nigeria has marked for Tahiti the honorific goal on minute 54, after a pass to captain Vahirua, ex-FC Nantes, the most famous player in the history of Tahiti.
In the second game the Uruguay’s National soccer team has won, with the score of 2-1, the represent of Nigeria, in a game counting for B Group at the Confederation Cup. In the game played in Salvador city, from Brazil, Uruguayans’s goals have been scored by Lugano in the 19th minute and Forlan in the 51th minute, while John Obi Mikel has marked for the Africans in minute 37th.
After this victory, the South-Americans have equaled the Nigerians in points (3), the two selected teams following to duel in the last stage of teams for the second position, in the conditions that Spain the leader (6) has already qualified.
Unfortunately in the third game Spain’s National Team has defeated Nigeria with the score of 3-0 (1-0), at Fortaleza, in group B at the Confederation Cup.