The Confederation of African Football has taken a decision at its extraordinary general assembly to improve the officiating on the continent.
The body responsible for managing African football has reportedly decided in consultation with FIFA to dismiss Eddy Maillet, a senior official of the refereeing commission from Seychelles, as reported by Foot Africa and YallaKora.
In addition, CAF plan to create a new body responsible for directing officiating. This decision comes after two complaints filed by the Benin Football Federation and the South African Football Federation to FIFA, challenging the officiating of Gabon’s Eric Otogo-Castane and Senegal’s Maguette Ndiaye.
The two federations did not hesitate to appeal to FIFA in protest, after the defeats conceded by their national teams, respectively in front of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers.
Patrice Motsepe, the leader of African football, seems, more than ever, determined to develop the refereeing sector, which has plagued African football.
“We are going to invest in the competitions because our competitions are everything,” he said during the Extraordinary General Assembly on Friday.
“That’s why the announcement that we’re making today regarding referees is critically important. Africa has got good referees, we’ve got world-class referees. We’ve also got referees who are not so good.
“Then we’ve also got referees who are even further from not so good, but they all try. We want to train them, and also pay them good money and look after them. So that they can make a career out of being referees.”
Earlier on FIFA president Gianni Infantino also confirmed that FIFA will be implementing VAR for the upcoming playoffs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.