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CAF switches Under 20 tourney to SA

[Posted 16 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
South Africa to host the CAF Under 20 Championship

The Confederation of African Football has finally made up its mind on where the CAF Under 20 tournament will be hosted after the rights were withdrawn from a civil-war ridden Libya.

One may argue that there was no competition really between Ghana and South Africa, and the decision was obvious that the hosts of the very successful 2010 World Cup should get the right to host the tourney on an emergency basis.

South Africa has the requisite infrastructure in place, which was tested and certified just a few months ago at the grandest stage of world football.

Security concerns in Libya, a country at war with itself, necessitated the switch to 'trouble free' South Africa.

CAF's ageing and long-serving President Isa Hayatou made the announcement today.

“We decided to move the African Youth Championship to South Africa and it will be played from April 17 to May 2,”  Hayatou told the media.

Granted, the African youth tournament which determines the continent's four representatives at the Under 20 World Cup to be held in July/August is too close to the global event for the comfort of clubs who have to release the players in April, critical month for determination of league log standings.

CAF was left with no choice after Libya went up in smoke, as the Libyan people protest against the uninterrupted autocratic rule of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who has governed the oil-rich North African nation for more than 40 years.

It is not for the first time that political and social unrests in North Africa have affected soccer programmes.

Less than 2 months ago, the Tunisian and Egyptian leagues were forced onto some recess after mass demonstrations which swept autocratic regimes out of office and ushered in a new political order in Africa's Arab dominated belt.

Some commentantors have also advocated for the same to happen in continental football governance where West and North African administrators are accused of having had an autocratic stranglehold on African football power.

For many decades, some African nations have mourned about the perceived biased decisions which go the way of major West and North African soccer playing nations.

Southern and Eastern African regions have particularly been unhappy with the leadership of Hayatou in CAF. 


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