Football is coming home! … as CAF gives guidelines for return of the beautiful game

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Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has set guidelines on how soccer can resume following the ban on sporting activities in March in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In a document titled “Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa”, CAF emphasises that the health of players, officials, fans and partners will constitute the basis of all decisions regarding reintroduction of football across the continent.

CAF points out that the final say will rest with individual state authorities.

The plan calls for effective and continuous medical testing of players and officials, gives guidelines for training sessions and disinfection of sporting facilities, and strict adherence to preventive protocols.

The 27-page document was crafted by CAF’s medical committee in collaboration with the technical and development department and a team of independent experts.

CAF Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah said the document was major step towards resuming football.

He said it was important to provide guidelines and to have an all hands on deck approach for the Africa’s most popular sport to get back into full swing.

“Many considerations were factored into the putting together the document by our team of experts, notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the member associations with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light,” he said.

The CAF organising committee for inter-club competitions and management of club licensing, and the organising committee for women’s football, last week held video conferences to chart the way forward for the various events that have been on hold for three months and counting.

CAF’s executive committee was scheduled to have a video conference on June 30 to make decisions on the recommendations by the standing committees; with the outcomes to be announced in due course.

 

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