Kalu, Other African FA Presidents Cleared, Given Support as FIFA Condems Heartful British Media

The 36th ordinary Congress of CAF has condemned British media for what it called the bad faith and deep ignorance of FIFA bodies and its bias against African football leaders and urged the CAF Executive Committee to strongly consider taking legal action against publications that have published unsubstantiated claims against African football federation presidents

FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya was one of 30 African heads of national federations named by the British Sunday Times which claimed that the national African football bosses held sway over Africa’s votes in deciding World Cup hosts for 2018 and 2022 over their contacts with Bin Hammam. The Sunday Times has however failed to prove how the respective national presidents held sway the votes which saw England defeated and the World Cup hosting rights granted to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

In a communique released by CAF at the end of the Congress held in São Paulo on Monday 9th June, the entire Congress absolved the CAF president and the accused CAF ExCo members and declared “in unanimity of all delegates present, its total and unreserved support to all wrongfully incriminated Africans and to the President of CAF, Mr. Issa Hayatou, whose transparent and distinguished leadership has brought about an envious transformation of African football.”

“Considering the repeated, deliberately hateful, defamatory and degrading attacks by some media, notably British, on the image and the integrity of the Confederation of African Football, its President, its members, its member associations and the entire African continent; Considering the persistent manipulation aimed at portraying to the international community that Africa played a preponderant role in voting the candidature of Qatar 2022, while it was done by a majority vote of the FIFA Executive Committee, Considering further the manifested bad faith and deep ignorance of the functioning of FIFA’s organs by British media, which present African countries as benefactors of the goodwill gestures of the FIFA Goal Project that funds development schemes in the 209 member associations of FIFA on the basis of some identical criteria; CAF condemns the strategy of using African sport movements and its leaders as scapegoats by those who are trying at all cost to acquire a good conscience for themselves,” the statement read.

The Congress urged action against the British newspaper.
“The Congress further the Executive Committee of CAF to file a law suit, if necessary, so that the authors of this smearing and defamatory campaign against African football leaders are brought to book.”

The Congress also reaffirmed support and expressed its gratitude to FIFA President, Mr. Joseph S. Blatter, “for his continuous involvement in the development of football in Africa and his personal commitment to the fight against racism.”

The African leaders will now gather in the coming day at the FIFA Congress.