CAF change brings relief to SA clubs

CAF Champions League

During an Executive Committee meeting held in Casablanca, Morocco on Wednesday, CAF president Ahmed Ahmed made key decisions with respect to international officiating as well as the continental club competitions.

Beginning this year, CAF will now directly compensate refereeing officials for all CAF-sanctioned matches, rather than the host associations.

“This reduces the financial burden on national associations and also eliminates an ethical challenge because it removes the suspicion perceived between national associations and the referees,” read a statement from the African football governing body.

Most notable of the changes, though, was confirmation that the periodicity for continental club competitions will run concurrent with the European calendar – beginning in September and ending in May the following year.

This year’s continental club competitions will be the last to run from February through November, with the Champions League final set to take place over 2-4 and 9-11 November, and the Confederation Cup final set for 23-25 November and 30 November–2 December.

However, to accommodate the transition, the next campaign will run from December 2018 until May 2019, before the final change sees the competitions beginning in September 2019.

Furthermore, CAF will also roll out the distribution of performance measuring devices, known as "fieldwiz" kits, to all member associations “for better monitoring of players’ performances” during matches.