The 41st CAF GA meeting is currently going on in the Aida Ballroom of the Cairo Marriot Hotel, Zamalek, without the Tunisian delegation.
The meeting began in the early hour of today July 18, 2019.
The GA meeting that is taking place on the sidelines of the 32nd edition of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt has been hit by a boycott from the Tunisian Football Federation as a protest to what they judge as injustice of the handling of their semi-final game against Senegal by Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Wayesa and his team of assistants.
They were denied a penalty call deep into extra-time in that game after Mr Bamlak had earlier pointed to the spot, but he later consulted the Video Assistant Referees and cancelled the penalty.
This did not go down well with the Tunisian delegation, as there are even reports of a physical scuffle between Tunisian forward Wahbi Khazri and Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse on the sidelines at the end of the game.
The Tunisian Football Federation currently headed by Wadii Jarii was created in 1957 and got affiliated to CAF and FIFA in 1960.
It should be noted that after the call from the CAF Executive Committee ordering a replay of the 2019 CAF Champions League final between Esperance of Tunis and Wydad of Casablanca on a neutral venue after Esperance had been initially declared winners and handed the trophy and winners’ medals, Tunisian football stakeholders and CAF authorities have been at daggers drawn.
The elections of the members of the CAF Executive Committee are expected to be done in this GA meeting, after which CAF President Ahmad Ahmad is scheduled to have a Press Conference at the Eugenie Ballroom of the Marriot Hotel, later this evening.
An hour after his Press Conference at the Aida Ballroom, of the same hotel, the draws of the qualifiers of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon will be conducted.