Ahead of the start of the group phase of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, CAF has put together an inspection team to tour the sporting infrastructure in the countries of the participating teams.
CAF Legends will team up with experts including experienced CAF General Coordinators, for the exercise towards ensuring that matches are hosted in facilities that meet international standards particularly for the safety and security of the stakeholders Players, officials and fans.
The initiative was unveiled at the landmark one day seminar on Development of Competitions & Infrastructure in Africa in the Moroccan city of Sale on Saturday, which underscored the importance of the quality of sporting infrastructure in the development of African football.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said the decision is a major step towards the long term objective of having African matches organised matches under conditions that meet global standards.
It is in this regard that we organized a workshop dedicated to General Coordinators and Technical Study Group members in order to respect the standards required for the stadia that will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers, he said.
Having played the game under various conditions and in different environments, CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, underlined that the legends are well-placed to add to the inspection exercise.
As former footballers, they have seen it all and have the experience to aid the process. It is very important to get them involved in the decision making process, Baffoe said.
The Legends and Experts took part in an interactive session that outlined the scope of work and what is expected of them. The inspection tours are expected to commence before the end of February 2020.
Former Senegal midfielder, Khalilou Fadiga, one of the selected legends described the project as positive to the development of infrastructure, an essential element for the game.
This is the way to go. It is a great initiative and African football will be the winner in the end. We will get to be on the ground, have a first-hand feel and make suggestions in key areas, Fadiga, a member of the Teranga Lions class of 2002 said.
Meanwhile, the group stage for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 starts in September 2020.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)