ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Football Federation will lobby for the relocation of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Federation spokesman Wondemkun Alayu told the African News Agency that the country was in a great position and, as the seat of the African Union (AU) and other international organisations, Addis Ababa was also the right city for the CAF HQ.
“We will do whatever it takes to bring CAF to our capital,” he said. The $3-million (R41.88-million) support from FIFA would be used to prepare requirements.
It is believed that the CAF congress in Addis Ababa in March will present an opportunity for the idea to be lobbied at the highest level.
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However, experts say that given the tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile River, this move could create further problems.
Local media quoted a football federation source as saying Ethiopia was seeking support from many CAF members who believed Cairo was “far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the north African country”.
The spokesman echoed this view: “What we know is that as a founding member country we are more fit to host CAF and we are ready.”
Established in 1957, CAF currently has 56 members. The confederation was actually set in motion outside Africa – in Lisbon, Portugal in June 1956 – according to the CAF website.
Africa News Agency