A comment of Mr Dominguez on Twitter, made in Spanish, roughly translated into English insinuated that no football action took place outside CONMEBOL and UEFA. South Americans played for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers while UEFA played for the Nations League.
He wrote in Spanish: “Cerramos una nueva fecha de las Eliminatorias. Gracias al excelente trabajo de las Asociaciones Miembro en coordinación con las autoridades nacionales y @CONMEBOL, se pudo mantener el formato de la competición y ser con la @UEFAcom los únicos en estar en competiciones oficiales.
“Agradezco a las asociaciones miembro por su dedicación y esfuerzo. Sudamérica va por buen camino para Catar 2022. ¡Que vuelva la Copa del Mundo a su primera casa!
An online translation of the comment reads: “We close a new date of the Qualifiers. Thanks to the excellent work of the Member Associations in coordination with the national authorities and @CONMEBOL, it was possible to maintain the format of the competition and be with the @UEFAcom the only ones to be in official competitions.
“I thank the member associations for their dedication and effort. South America is on the right track for Qatar 2022. Let the World Cup return to its first home!”
In the face of the covid-19 pandemic which has ravaged the global sports scene, the African Confederation was able to organise the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup knockout stages from October through November, without any reported positive transmission between players or officials.
The two competitions which stand as Africa’s premier football championships are internationally recognised by global audience including FIFA and UEFA. Winner of the CAF Champions League qualifies to play in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Since October, there have been two international breaks and confederations have filled those dates with action, including CAF.
Between November 11 and 17, the African confederation successfully organised back-to-back internationally recognised and respected matches for the 2021 African Cup of Nations, a competition ratified and approved by FIFA, equal to the European Championship, the Copa America and the Asian Cup.
Within the space of seven days, 48 countries traversed the length and breadth of the African continent, travelling miles by road and air to different destinations across the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western regions.
Covid19 cases reported were just 48 - 30 players and 18 officials - were positive out of a massive 4,146 tests carried out.
All of these countries matched out of the tunnel twice – at home and away – in a cumulative total of 48 games with 105 goals scored.
There is no way 105 goals will be scored in the second largest continent of the world with the most population after Asia and the rest of the globe will not know.
Sadio Mane, one of the best players who plays for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, scored the one and only goal that has now earned his country, Senegal, a place in the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Other world-renowned stars who play alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, either in opposition or on the same team, appeared for their countries: Mohamed Salah – the hottest goalscorer beating all of South America’s forward to the tally, for Egypt; Hakim Ziyech for Morocco; Kelechi Iheanacho for Nigeria, and a host of others.
It is either a display of plain ignorance from the CONMEBOL president, Alejandro Dominguez, or a blatant and pompous show of racist tendencies, albeit, under the cloak of superiority, to frowardly discriminate the African confederation, its players and competitions.
The obviousness need not even be told of the aggravating and obnoxious aggression toward the Asian confederation which currently accommodates a large pull of retiring players from across the globe, including CONMEBOL, and pays them hugely that no South American club can afford.
This insulting comment of Mr Dominguez is not expected of a FIFA football executive who is supposed to preach the message of respect and equality amongst confederations, federations and between players.