CAF encourage deliberations on biennial World Cup proposal

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released a statement regarding the ongoing discussions about hosting the men and women’s world cups every two years.

The proposal which was first tabled by the Saudi Arabia Football Association earlier this year has received different views from different continental football mother bodies.

CONCACAF as well as Asian Football Confederation have indicated that they are open to the idea of a biennial World Cup while UEFA and CONMEBOL have criticised the proposal.

In July this year, CAF had endorsed the idea following the EXCO meeting held in Morocco.

But in a statement released on Tuesday, CAF have encouraged the discussions and deliberations on the proposal to continue taking place in the best interests of all member associations.

“The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) has been involved in the discussions that are taking place amongst FIFA, the Confederations, Member Associations, football players and other stakeholders concerning hosting the FIFA World Cup every 2 years,” read the statement by President, Patrice Motsepe.

“CAF is of the view that at this stage, what is most important, is for the discussions and deliberations to continue taking place, in an open-minded manner and with the objective of doing what is in the best interest of all Member Associations, the Confederations, football players and other stakeholders worldwide.

“CAF is deeply committed to the development, growth and success of football in Africa and the rest of the world. We believe that the long-term growth and success of FIFA, the Member Associations and all Confederations are inextricably intertwined,” said Motsepe.

“We are also confident that through discussions and deliberations we will find solutions together and do what is in the best interest of football and our stakeholders on all continents worldwide.”

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By Ofhani Munyai