CAF is the body that brings together, under the auspices of FIFA, the various football federations on the African continent. It has played an important role in putting African football on the world stage and is a springboard for Africa's economy. Here is the story of CAF football.
The creation and organization of CAF
CAF was founded on February 8, 1957, in Khartoum, Sudan, by four FIFA member countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa. Currently, it has 54 members and is headquartered in the Egyptian capital.
CAF football was created with the aim of relocating football management to the level of the African continent, just like the AFC for the benefit of Asia, CONCACAF belonging to Central America, North America and in the Caribbean, CONMEBOL for South America, UEFA for Europe and OFC for Oceania.
It is placed under the tutelage of FIFA and is managed by an administrative committee which, since March 16, 2017, is chaired by Ahmad Ahmad, a Malagasy politician.
CAF and competitions
Since its creation, the CAN has organized various competitions such as tournaments between clubs: Champions League, Confederation Cup and CAF Supercup. It also participates in the organization of tournaments between continents: CAN, CAN Women, African Nations Championship, Futsal, Beach Soccer, African Under-17 and Under-20 Cup.
It is also responsible for the national competitions, which are preliminary preliminaries to qualifying for the world tournaments set by the FIFA calendar: the men's World Cup and the Women's World Cup.
So far, 13 of its members including Tunisia have been selected to participate in the World Cup. CAF has continued to make African players stand out from the rest on the international stage and offers a great opportunity to all young Africans who want to make football their job.
CAF and the African economy
CAF has played an important role in the march towards independence of African countries such as Tunisia and Morocco. It allowed various African nations to assert their identity and put an end to the racism that was behind the black population's spread of football.
Today, CAF is at the service of the development of African countries. Its statutes speak volumes about its desire to bring real change, both economic and social, in Africa. Its main purpose is to support the actions of non-governmental organizations related to culture, youth and sport and those of the African Union.
All this is possible thanks to a harmonious collaboration between the different African States and the members of the CAF Executive Board. The latter has recently appointed Tarek Bouchamaoui of Tunisia as chairman of the inter-club club organizing committee and the club licensing system. Tarek Bouchamaoui has also been re-elected to the FIFA Council for a five-year term (2017-2021).