By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
As he had promised during his elections campaign in 2017, the president of the Algerian Football Federation, Kheïreddine Zetchi has re-emphasized to national radio that he will leave office when his first mandate runs-out next year.
The business tycoon replaced Mohamed Raouraoua at the helm of the country’s highest football institution three years ago, and has had a great time in office.
Unfortunately for followers of his revolution at the helm of football activities in the North African nation, the end is near.
“The interest of Algerian football is our priority. I intend to end my mandate, and leave, to make room for others. As I speak to you, even if I don’t know what fate holds for us, I intend to end my mandate at the helm of the FAF and leave. Having said that, we will continue to work till the last day,” Kheïreddine Zetchi told national radio on Friday June 19.
He initially made this declaration in November last year, prompting speculations of a possible bad working relationship between the FAF boss, and his country’s ministry of Sports fueled by the drive towards changing the FAF’s statutes.
The 54-year-old Bordj Bou Arreridj native took advantage of the airspace accorded him on Friday to debunk rumors of a bad atmosphere between the ministry and the FAF.
“Our actions, are aimed at bringing the statutes into conformity with FIFA standards. We started the process ten months ago, at the request of FIFA. These amendments therefore started a long time ago, to put things into context. I am flabbergasted when I hear people talking about the issue in a different manner. The FAF will never enter into a conflict with the ministry of Youths and Sports. Interests must prevail; to seek the point of intersection in the interest of national football,” Zetchi affirmed on national radio.
In his time in office, Zetchi has instituted a good number of strategic reforms, including establishment of academies in the name of the FAF across many cities in the country amongst other innovations.
The AC Paradou boss has translated his Club’s success to his country’s national football selection.
Last year in Egypt, the Desert Foxes of Algeria won their second AFCON title, bringing an end to a 29-year wait for Africa’s biggest football trophy.
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