Also getting the approval of the Congress that saw all 54 National Associations affiliated to CAF present, was the Rules governing the application of the statutes and Rules of the General Assembly of CAF.
For the proposal from the CAF Executive Committee, for the modifications of the Statutes, Rules governing the application of the Statutes and Rules of the General Assembly of CAF, 42 voted in favour with one against.
The congress however rejected a proposal from the Djibouti Football Federation for the modification of Article 18.3 of the CAF Statutes regarding the candidacy for the CAF President. Thirty-two (32) voted against the proposal, 16 in favour and five abstentions.
In a speech, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who attended the legislative and supreme organ of CAF for the first time on African soil since assuming reins of the global football body last February, underscored the importance of the African continent in the development of football across the world.
“The wind of reform is blowing and with the support of all we can be on the right track,” said Infantino who was accompanied by FIFA General Secretary, Fatma Samoura.
“It is due to the urgent need for CAF to align itself with the new status quo that we have gathered here today for the Extraordinary General Assembly, in order to update our statutes to conform with those of FIFA. As well as to be capable of standing up to the supplemental positions which henceforth are Africa's in FIFA's Council.
“We ought, together, to continue with the reflection in order to propel ourselves into the future and definitely set African football in proper alignment with modernity, be it from a statutory or structural stand point. Together we have been working on it unrelentingly long ago”.
Meanwhile, the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly will take place on Thursday, 16 March 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.