CAF Presidential aspirant, Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar is ready to work with former African stars in CAF should he win the March 16 elections.
Speaking to AOIFootball.com and cited in a report on FC Naija, Ahmad said that he will solicit for a new dawn in the continent’s football where African football legends, like George Opong Weah, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Kanu Nwankwo, Benni McCarthy, Jay Jay Okocha, Victor Ikpeba, Mark Fish, Lucas Radebe, Moustafa Hadji and many others would play important roles to develop the round leather game across the continent.
He said: “The situation we have now where a few of these former stars are paraded round the stadia each time we have a competition is not good enough. They are used as ornaments in Africa when everywhere else and in other parts of the world, legends are at the forefront helping to develop the beautiful game.
“These legends made African football what it is today and I plan on working with them to help our football grow."
Ahmad further bemoaned the way CAF under Hayatou stashed funds meant for the development of the game in banks, insisting it is supposed to be used to develop the game across the continent.
He said: “Good governance and honesty will attract sponsors to CAF. We should also be able to reinvest the monies we make from various sources. It is only in CAF that we prefer to keep monies in banks and admire it when the affiliate bodies have pressing needs.
“CAF needs to give Member Associations enough funds to build facilities and those other things that will help our football develop in the grassroots.”