He described footballers as the main actors of the game, whose involvement won’t be out of place considering the level of experience during their playing careers.
He assured FIFPro of CAF’s support and work towards a collaborative effort to improve the financial and living conditions of African footballers particularly those plying their trade within the continent.
“One of the first fights that we will have to carry out jointly with you (FIFPro) will be the payment of salaries of professional players recruited by African clubs. Indeed, 55% of footballers in our continent are paid late or not at all.
“We intend to make every effort to ensure that all clubs competing in our continental competitions are in good standing with the players they have under contract.
“Also, I am announcing today that CAF is open to update the agreement signed with the FIFPro Africa division to strengthen cooperation between the two entities. Such an agreement will allow us to join our efforts and fight together to guarantee a better future for young footballers in Africa and for those who try their luck in Europe, to fight match-fixing, doping, racism in football and ensuring that footballers’ rights and image are respected.
“It is also permissible to consider the example of the FIFPro World XI which together with FIFA designates the World Best XI, to choose the African Best XI with the FIFPro Africa Division during the CAF Awards that rewards best African players around the world and on the continent,” he concluded.
The three-day event ends on Thursday, 7 December 2017 and is attended by representatives from the various divisions of FIFPro – Africa, America, Asia/Oceania and Europe.
Established in 1965, the objective of FIFPro includes among others to bring together all the footballers’ associations in the world, regardless of their nationality, religion, political conviction, race or gender and thus increase the solidarity between professional football players within the leagues, organised interest groups or other organisations throughout the world.
During the Congress, ex-Cameroon midfielder Geremi Njitap was named Vice President of the global body. Frenchman Philippe Piat was re-elected presdent for another four year term.