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FIFA’s love affair with CAF is fuel for world football bust-up

Cape Town (South Africa) - FIFA has found a ready collaborator in CAF as it tries to push its confrontational agenda into the corridors of power in world football.

The issue of Fifa's favorite idea of a biennial World Cup to replace the tried-and-true quadrangular edition, which has survived WWII and remains the world's biggest athletic event, is at the top of the list.

Fifa's Swiss-Italian president, Giovanni Infantino, recently attended the CAF's extraordinary general session in Cairo. Arsene Wenger, Fifa's chief of global football development, accompanied him.

The two Fifa executives went to considerable efforts during their presentations to make a strong case for a biannual World Cup, stressing that expanding the World Cup's frequency would assist member associations attain their full potential.

They maintained that this effort would broaden the scope of the game's elite, which they defined as Uefa (European football's regulatory body) and Conmebol (South America's football governing body) for the time being. These two Fifa confederations have produced every World Cup winner in history.

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Infantino told CAF delegates that organizations such as Uefa are concerned about plans to make the World Cup a biannual event.

"Those at the top are the ones who are against it." When there are reforms and changes in any sector of life, those at the top don't want things to change because they are at the top," Infantino explained.

When it came time for the CAF to vote on a biennial World Cup, there was unanimous support and no reservations. Infantino and Wenger were ecstatic with their accomplishment in persuading CAF to buy the notion.

"We don't want to do what the males do," Infantino stated. "We've got to get those creative juices flowing," says the group. Fifa will vote on whether or not to hold a biannual World Cup, and with the support of CAF and the Asian Football Confederation, the outcome is far from certain.

The only certainty is that Uefa and Conmebol will reject the result and go to war with Fifa. Taking on Fifa's most powerful federation might result in brutal matches with no way of counter-attacking. And possibly a red card for Fifa, implying that the matter will die of natural causes.

Fifa's hierarchy, according to Uefa, is on a mission to reduce Europe's power in world football. The domestic leagues in Europe are among the richest in the world, with some of the world's most powerful teams. The Uefa Champions League has a worldwide following.

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Looking back on how Fifa courted CAF primarily to secure support in the voting rooms, it appears that, despite its best efforts, it was a useless exercise. CAF piqued Infantino's curiosity earlier this year.

In the continental presidential election, Motsepe has a strong lead. He had a good enough handle on the presidential candidates that they withdrew from the contest and vanished quietly.

Because he is the president of the CAF, Motsepe will be one of Infantino's vice presidents.

When Motsepe spoke on the concept of a Super League, Infantino and Wenger were also present. They didn't contribute anything to the notion, which was a colossal failure. Instead, they let Motsepe describe how CAF will bring together the continent's top football clubs for an event that will outperform previous events in terms of quality, fan appeal, and financial wealth.

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Even though facts about the planned Super League were limited when Motsepe put the matter to a vote, it was unanimously adopted.

Member countries are now questioning if their top clubs would be allowed to compete in the proposed 20-team Super League. According to early indications, the inaugural edition will feature 20 clubs from 13 African countries. More over half of the CAF's 53 member countries will not be represented.

The European Super League and CAF's competitions are vastly different.

The European venture was a private initiative, according to Super League. It's all above board with CAF, and the continent's governing body is on board with the proposal.

Ahmed Yahya, the chairperson of the CAF's interclub competitions committee, believes that an African Super League may be successful.

"The initiative was announced outside the football framework in Europe, in blatant confrontation with Uefa, "he stated "The African Super League will be established within the framework of football structures and will adhere to the football pyramid.

"It aims to assist African soccer teams in growing or, in some circumstances, surviving by providing financial stability to enable them to continue their important mission of developing young talent and advancing them to the next level."

The Pan-African Super League has a lot of support in South Africa because it is likely to feature the 'Big Three' of Mzansi football - Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, and Orlando Pirates.

Fifa's adoration for CAF goes unabated: "Of course, count on Fifa's complete support when building club competitions and a Pan-African Super League for the future of African football," Infantino added.

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