Confédération Africaine de Football

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The federation representing the national soccer associations of the continent of Africa. Formed in 1957 in Khartoum, the CAF was initiated by the only four independent nations in Africa at that time: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Africa. CAF was initially opposed by CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, which viewed it as a potential stool pigeon of the colonial masters. In 1958, South Africa insisted on sending either an all-white or an all-black team to the first African Cup of Nations in Khartoum, and was suspended. With just three members, CAF was a minor force in world football politics until independence and post-colonial autonomy created an expanded membership. When membership increased, CAF members' votes were sought by candidates for the FIFA presidency, and the confederation became increasingly significant in global power structures of football. Fifty years on from its formation, CAF had 53 members and had proved itself a powerful player in FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) politics. Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was president from 1988 onwards.

http://www.cafonline.com/ The official site of the Confederation of African Football, comprising its history, scheduled competitions, regulations, and contacts.

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