Monday 22 June 2020
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) held a series of meetings regarding the future of competitions in light of developments related to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and its attempt to control it across the continent and the rest of the world.
In this regard, the CAF Medical Committee, in cooperation with the Technical Development Department and a team of experts, developed a comprehensive guidance plan for member associations regarding the resumption of football activities on the continent.
According to the CAF official website, the 27-page document called “Adequate Guidelines for the Resumption of Football in Africa” focuses on the health of the main stakeholders (players, officials, fans, partners) as the primary component of all decisions regarding the return of football activities in The continent, supported by a mandate from the health authorities of the relevant countries.
The plan also focuses on continuous and effective medical evaluation for players and officials, setting guidelines for training sessions, sterilization of sports facilities, as well as strict adherence to global safeguards protocols.
The Secretary-General of Kef comments: A giant step
“This comprehensive document is a giant step towards the resumption of football on the continent,” said Acting Secretary-General Kaf Abdel Moneim Bah.
He added: “It was important, given the recent developments, that we implement a plan to guide our partners and stakeholders about the return of competitions, whether continental or local, which is the direction that requires the cooperation of all together.”
He continued: “Our expert team took into account many considerations during the drafting of this document, especially those of the African continent. This document, in addition to the strategic plans implemented by the local authorities, will provide member federations with the necessary and appropriate information to resume the football activity when it gets the green light to do so.”
At the same time, the Organizing Committee for Club Competitions, the Club Licensing System Administration, and the Organizing Committee for Women’s Football Competitions, held a video meeting last week to discuss the future of the various competitions.
The Kave Executive Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday 30 June 2020 via video technology, and will announce the recommendations issued by the relevant committees. While details of the Executive Committee meeting will be announced in due course.