By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com- Cameroon
The President of World Football Governing Body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, and Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura have both disagreed over CAF’s decision to cancel the 2020 Women’s African Cup of Nations.
The Women’s biennial football jamboree was called off after an Executive Committee meeting on June 30.
Gianni Infantino explained during the World Football Summit which held on Friday via video conference that the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic must not be used as justification to hinder the progress of the Women’s game on the continent.
He also emphasized on the importance FIFA gives to Women’s football, and is unhappy about the verdict proclaimed by CAF to cancel AWCON.
“women’s football is a top priority for FIFA. We should not use coronavirus to put women’s football aside. On the contrary, we need to help women’s football even more because it has a bright future.”Kick442.com gathered from Afriquefoot.com.
FIFA is convinced Women’s football in Africa has a promising future and has made commendable efforts to ensure an elevated status is attained in the forseable future.
They offered USD 500,000 last month for each of its member associations as an aid.
The donation is the first step of their Covid-19 Relief assistance plan to member association countries during this period of global health crises.
211 football governing bodies will benefit from about USD 150 million in total for financial relief as per the resolutions arrived at FIFA’s Council meeting.
FIFA’s Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura has also disagreed with the CAF Executive Committee’s option to abandon the women’s event this year.
The 57-year-old revealed the unsatisfactory decision will affect the output of the players during upcoming competitions especially the World Cup.
“The 2020 AWCON has been canceled simply because there is no World Cup next year and there will be one in 2023. This will mean that the girls who had shown their worth last year in France will only be privileged to play the qualifiers in four years. That’s not possible.
“How do you expect an African nation hopes to win the World Cup with such management”.
The Women’s Champions League will replace the AWCON next year although no further details about the calendar and format of the maiden interclub competition have been made known.
The tournament will begin in 2021.
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