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Africa Finance Corporation appoints Samaila Zubairu as president, CEO

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has announced the appointment of Samaila D Zubairu as its third president and CEO, succeeding Andrew Alli, whose tenure has come to an end after having successfully served in the position since 2008. Zubairu is a distinguished fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an accomplished …

Daily News Egypt

Playing politics: the AFC gets tied up in knots

Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians’ expense at times with the connivance of the Palestine Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. The incidents further spotlight the consequences of the incestuous relationship …

James Dorsey

Pressure builds on Sheikh Salman to respond to human rights allegations

Pressure is building on Asian Football Confederation president and world soccer body FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa to respond with chapter and verse to allegations that he played a role in the detention and abuse of athletes during the 2011 popular uprising in his native Bahrain. The revolt was brutally squashed …

James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia uses football to isolate Iran

  Saudi Arabia is using football and its influence in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to expand its campaign to isolate Iran, complicate Iran’s return to the international fold in the wake of the nuclear agreement, strengthen Iranian hardliners in advance of next month’s crucial elections in the Islamic republic, and deflect attention from mounting …

James Dorsey

Bahraini players’ support for Salman raises more questions than answers

  In recent statements, Bahraini football players sought to absolve Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president and world football body FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, who is a member of Bahrain’s ruling family, of any moral or direct responsibility for the arrest, dismissal, and abuse of hundreds of sports executives and athletes accused …

James Dorsey

AFC Salman’s FIFA candidacy puts integrity checks to test

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa’s candidacy for the presidency of world football body FIFA is likely to serve as a litmus test for newly introduced integrity checks on the group’s executives. Sheikh Salman was a former football player and consistently refused, like other members of his ruling family, to respond …

James Dorsey

AFC’s Salman re-elected amid renewed corruption and governance questions

By James M. Dorsey Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa has been elected president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a second term and vice president of world football body FIFA amid unanswered questions about the AFC’s handling of corruption investigations and his apparent failure to enforce good governance in his own organisation. In an …

Daily News Egypt

AFC official ‘happy’ to bar women spectators from stadia

By James M. Dorsey The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending football matches in stadia. In doing so, the AFC has confirmed policies adopted by the Asian group, as well as world football body FIFA, that effectively …

Daily News Egypt

AFC power struggle reflects sorry state of football governance

By James M. Dorsey   FIFA Vice President and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, in an uncommon display of elegance and magnanimity in the rarefied world of world soccer as well as of Middle Eastern and North African leaders, has conceded defeat in a battle that is symptomatic of …

Daily News Egypt

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