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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 June 2006, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK
Is Caf a biased organisation?
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Issa Hayatou and his collegues appear to be caught between a rock and a hard place, trying to look after the competing interests of 52 nations.

Critics say Caf bigwigs have an institutionalised bias against non-Arab and non-French speaking countries.

This comes in the wake of Caf's decision to reject the 2010 African Nations Cup bids from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia.

An incensed Aeneas Chigwedere, Zimbabwe's sports minister, has publicly lashed out at Caf, claiming the continental body's prejudice against southern Africa runs deep.

It goes without saying that Chigwedere's outburst has struck a cord with many people in a region that feels marginalised.

But is the Confederation of African Football biased against the likes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho and South Africa?

Do you agree that countries like Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Cameroon get preferential treatment from Caf?

Use the form on the right to send us your views, some of which will be published below.


I do not know how anyone can say that Caf is biased towards Egypt, this is nonsense. Just look at what happens to Egyptian clubs in Caf competitions, for example with the Ismaili v Enyimba after the 2003 African Champions League final, Haras el Hodoud this year, and many other examples. It is actually frustrating to me as an Egyptian to see this obvious unfair treatment from Caf
Amir Bishay, Egypt

We southern Africans should stop blaming others for our incompetence. Blame should be directed at the two southern African representatives at Caf - one each from Botswana and the other from South Africa.
Eneas Mwanyangapo, Namibia

I am a Zimbabwean and I agree with the minister that Caf favours teams from the north. How long has Issa Hayatou been in power? Caf rarely takes the Nations Cup to the south because it is based in Egypt. As southern Africans, we should pull out of this northern body and start our own football body.
Zinja Ncube, UK

Very true. I know that some southern and eastern countries have better economies and stadia compared to some in the west and north but bids keep getting rejected. Zimbabwe's stadiums are better than Ghana's and Kenya too has better infrustructure compared to some contries in west Africa that have hosted the tournament. Southern and east Africa should consider forming a separate federation if Caf continues to treat us unfairly.
Zac Mutura, Kenya

It is not true that Caf has been biased against southern African and east African countries. Which country in east of Africa is financially ready and politically stable to host the Nations Cup? Is it not Zimbabwe who could not host the 2000 Nations Cup before it was hurriedly moved to Nigeria and Ghana? Do these southern and east African nations have the capacity and facilities to host such a huge tournament? Let them get their acts together and prove their capability before accusing Caf of bias.
David Adenuga, USA

No, I don't think Caf is biased at all. I think Caf has a vision to improve the standard of African football. Therefore, giving the Nations Cup to richer countries in the north will help African football as the richer countries will stage a more entertaining tournament.
Omar Ahmed, UK

While it is plausible to argue that Caf has been biased in favor of the Franco-phone Africa in certain elective posts, it is wrong to insinuate that certain countries are being marginalised when it comes to hosting the African Nations Cup. Countries have to show their readiness to host, both politically and economically, before being selected. The question is, do these countries have enough infrastructures to host such competition and are their respective governments ready to guarantee that they will make such available? Zimbabwe should tell us why they were not able to host the 2000 edition.
Chidi Charles, Nigeria

If you go according to history, it 100% true that Caf is a biased organisation. Therefore, if there is any war to fight against this bias, I would definitely support it.
Samwel Werema, Tanzania

There is never been any doubt that Caf has been very biased against English speaking countries in Africa, largely the southern part of the continent. If Caf does nothing, then the southern part needs to pull out and form its own body, headed by a democratic leader.
Brian Ndlovu, UK

The African Nations Cup is always held in the west or north African countries. It is true that the standard of football in the west and north is higher than eastand southern Africa but that should not disqualify them from holding the tournament. Every country in Africa, poor or rich, belongs to Africa and should be given equal opportunities. Caf should not only think of the revenue the tournament generates but also unity between African countries which to me is most important.
R. Nana Antwi, New York

I would not necessarily go as far as saying that Caf is biased, although I was disappointed that Mozambique did not make the 2010 shortlist. As for Zimbabwe, I would have to be re-assured that they can make it this time and not as happened in 2000. We need also to recall that two other countries, Zambia and Zaire [as it was then] gave up hosting rights previously. This time, I don't know what Gabon is going to do, as they pulled out of hosting women's Nations Cup.
Adekunle Gomez, Ghana/Ireland

I agree with the minister that Caf favours teams from the north and west Africa. This has been happening for years, and it is so obvious that even when a north African country is playing against a southern African team, the referee is always north African. Most of the time you can predict the result!
Sipho Marisanga, Tanzania

Caf has a French/Arab bias amongst many other failings. A notable sore point is an inability to develop club football in Africa despite the wealth of talent. The regime in Egypt needs shaking up. I hope the Zimbabwean outburst will make this happen.
Emmanuel Nuesiri, Cameroon/UK

This should serve as a yellow card for Caf. Since it was formed, almost 50 years ago, only one country in southern and east Africa has hosted the tournament. After all, many of them have better football infrastructure than west African nations. Southern, eastern and central African nations should seriously consider opting out of Caf. If not, they should call for major reforms within the body, including term limits for office holders and a rotational system for the Nations Cup. Enough is enough!
Masimba Tafirenyika, Zimbabwe



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