CAF Vice-President Molefi Oliphant led a delegation on a courtesy call to Libyan leader Muammar Al-Caddafi in Suit on 22 March. The delegation included members of the CAF Executive Committee, heads of various football associations and members of the Organising Committee of the 4Ih African Futsal Championship, hosted by Libya from 21 to 31 March. Al-Gaddafi assured the delegation of his continued support for the development of football on the continent. Libya and defending continental champions Egypt qualified as Africa’s representatives for the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2008, which will take place in Brazil from 30 September to 19 October. Libya will also host the 29th Africa Cup of Nations in 2014.
The CAF Executive Committee recently accepted a request to register ten new teams for the African Nations Championship even though the fixtures had been already released following the draw in Tunisia in February. Faced with such eagerness and as it is a new competition, the CAF Executive Committee made an exceptional decision to accept the 10 new registra¬tions and authorised the CAF secretariat to amend the fixtures accordingly. The ten new associations are: Gambia from the West Zone, Ghana and Togo from the West B Zone, Kenya and Eritrea from the Central East Zone, and from the Southern Zone Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has always set great store by the power of sport in general and professional football in particular as a tool for peace and development and as a means to mobilise political will and resources in the fight against global hunger. Against this back¬drop, on 9 March, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf welcomed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the FAO and CAF. The agreement, signed in Cairo, Egypt, by Diouf and CAF President Issa Hayatou, will focus on promoting the fight against hunger as part of World Food Day (WFD) and the FAO’s TeleFood activities.