Africa still to announce FIFA candidates
The future of suspended FIFA official Amos Adamu remained
unclear Saturday with African football’s ruling body still to
announce the continent’s candidates for election to FIFA’s
executive committee, three days after the deadline for
Adamu was suspended from all football for three years by FIFA’s
ethics committee this month for allegedly agreeing to take bribes
from undercover reporters, but has announced his intention to
appeal. If successful, Adamu could still stand for re-election for
another four-year term with FIFA.
”The list of bona fide candidates will be released in due
time,” CAF said in a statement after confirming those wishing to
stand in elections at the 33rd CAF General Assembly in Sudan early
next year must have submitted forms by Nov. 24.
Two out of Africa’s four places on football’s top committee are
up for re-election in February 2011, including the seat held by
Nigeria’s Adamu. The other is occupied by the Ivory Coast’s Jacques
However, the 57-year-old former Nigeria sports minister’s
position was further complicated this week when the Nigerian
Football Federation endorsed Ibrahim Galadima, a former NFF
chairman, as the country’s candidate for Adamu’s place on CAF’s
It would leave Adamu without the backing of his national
federation should he stand for re-election at the General Assembly
in Khartoum on Feb. 23.
Six of the 12 positions on CAF’s executive committee are also to
be voted on, according to CAF.
However, any participation by Adamu depends on a successful
appeal against his punishment, which prevents him from taking part
in any football-related activity.
Adamu said he was ”profoundly disappointed” with the decision
when his suspension was announced on Nov. 18 and would launch an
appeal when FIFA provides reasons for the ruling.
”I am innocent of all the charges leveled against me by the
ethics committee and I completely refute the decision they have
made,” Adamu said at the time.
Adamu and fellow suspended FIFA executive committee member
Reynald Temarii of Tahiti will not take part in Thursday’s vote on
the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.
So far, South Africa’s 2010 World Cup chief organizer Danny
Jordaan, Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi,
Galadima and Anouma have said they will contest elections. Anouma
will seek a second term.
Jordaan delivered a successful first World Cup in Africa and
also served on FIFA’s World Cup host country inspection committee
this year. He will put himself forward for a place on both the CAF
and FIFA executive committees.
The 59-year-old Jordaan will next week be voted back onto the
South African Football Association as a vice president unopposed,
according to SAFA, thereby fulfilling a requirement to be able to
serve on CAF’s executive committee.
Nyantakyi, head of the GFA since 2005, has presided over the
best-ever period for Ghanaian football. Ghana qualified for its
first World Cup in 2006, won the 2009 under-20 World Cup, made the
final of the 2010 African Cup of Nations and provided Africa’s best
performance by reaching the quarterfinals of this year’s World
Galadima served as chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation
before being forced out in 2006. Anouma has been on FIFA’s
executive committee since 2007 and president of the Ivory Coast
federation since 2002.
Algeria’s Mohamed Raouraoua, a member of FIFA’s legal and
strategic committees, is also thought to have submitted an
2010 was meant to be a landmark year for the progress of African
football with the World Cup in South Africa, the first on the
However, away from South Africa’s successful hosting of the
tournament, there have been a string of scandals.
The national federations of prominent football countries Nigeria
and Togo have spent periods suspended from world football by FIFA.
Zimbabwe’s federation chief executive is facing match-fixing
charges after national players admitted taking money to lose games
on tours to Asia.
Tunisian lawyer Slim Aloulou, who chairs FIFA’s disputes panel,
FIFA referees committee member Amadou Diakite of Mali and
Botswana’s Ismail Bhamjee were all suspended for between two and
four years after they allegedly advised how to bribe FIFA officials
and how much to pay.