African football expert ‘Tunde Adelakun has lent his voice to the developments in CAF recently where the newly elected President was quoted as stating that the broadcast rights contract signed with the organisation will have to be reviewed alongside other issues he inherited from the last administration, which had courted controversy over recent months.
Speaking to our reporters over the weekend, Tunde, who is based in the UK but is a veteran of African football in many capacities, stated, “Obviously there are many issues that had been done in CAF that has suited the modus operandi of the former President Issa Hayatou, and it is only normal that things will have to be approached differently, since CHANGE was what the majority of African leaders voted for on March 16 in Addis Ababa”.
“Most importantly, the broadcast rights issue, best described as the Lagadere contract, which tied CAF to a deal for an unspecified sum over the next 12 years, is highly controversial, and it really needs to be looked at. So is the regularity and bidding process of Africa’s flagship competition, the Cup of Nations. These are vital issues that can shape the future of the game in our continent”, he continued.
The shape of the CAF Secretariat has changed with the resignation of erstwhile General Secretary Hicham el Amrani, while it is apparent that more heads might have to roll in fulfilment of new President Ahmad’s resolve to ensure fair representation in the running and governance of the game in Africa.
“So many issues need to be addressed and I am confident that President Ahmad is capable”, Tunde, who has been an accomplice of the newly elected President for a good number of years, said, “the Lagadere contract is one, but there is also the issue of governance, the secretariat and our competitions.
“President Ahmad has already promised to consult with stakeholders in finding a way forward in all these matters, and I am in no doubt that it will be to the benefit of all in Africa”.
Tunde is of the firm belief that Ahmad will set up a Presidential Advisory Group that will work very closely with him and give him honest feedback and advise on how to handle issues.
“Of course he needs his strong team of advisers, people who have stayed with him and have been loyal to him – but who also know the terrain very well. The Advisory Group will tell him who needs to be consulted with, reach out to the right people and give him candid feedback. Any President needs his own team, and this will not be out of place”, he concluded.
Source: Patrick Doamekpor