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The CAF Executive Committee met in Yaounde, Cameroon on 18 May. The meeting was opened by Cameroon’s Minister for Sports and Physical Education, Augustin Edjoa. The Executive Committee had a lengthy debate on the new format for the annual CAF awards, it was decided that the awards ceremony should be held at the end of December every year. The Executive Committee welcomed the report on the African Futsal Championship held in Libya presented by the CAF Vice-President, Molefi Oliphant. Libya, who won the tournament, and Egypt will represent Africa at the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2008, which will take place in Brazil between 30 September and 19 October. In view of the interest in futsal across the continent and the development of infrastructure throughout Africa, it was decided that a tournament would be organised every two years. The CAF Executive Committee noted with satisfaction the state of preparations in Angola for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, as outlined in a report presented by Mohammed Raouraoua, the head of the inspection team sent to the country. The Executive Committee also expressed satisfaction at the undertaking by the government of Cote d’lvoire to host the African Nations Championship in February 2009. CAF urged the organising committee to work hard to finish the preparations in time. The competition will be held in the cities of Abidjan and Bouake.
Mohamed Abdu Saleh El Wahsh from Egypt died on 21 May, aged 79, in a Cairo hospital after a prolonged illness. Well known by the name “Captain”, the former technical director of CAF (1986-1998) and a pioneer member of the FIFA Technical Committee was the man who set the technical standard in African football. El Wahsh was the first ever technical director of CAF and brought about a technical shift in the game in Africa by instructing numerous African coaches and teaching them the ethics of football coaching for the first time. El Wahsh also served as president of the Egyptian FA and was chairman of Africa’s most successful club Al Ahly between 1988 and 1992.