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Worth the wait: Esperance declared African champs

Esperance de Tunis players hold hold up the trophy after winning the CAF Champion League final in controversial fashion.
Esperance had to wait months to officially be crowned African champs.

Tunisian club Esperance have been declared African Champions League winners after the Confederation of African Football's disciplinary committee on Wednesday found opponents Wydad Casablanca guilty of abandoning the second leg of the final in May.

This reverses an earlier decision by the CAF executive committee to order a replay of the second leg, in which the Moroccan side refused to play on after a VAR controversy.

Both clubs had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which last week...

Infantino: African football will 'significantly improve' with FIFA help

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday that the unprecedented move to step in and jointly administer African football with the regional body CAF will "significantly improve" the sport on the continent.

Infantino also brushed aside suggestions that there was widespread opposition to the move, which followed corruption allegations against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.

FIFA is sending its Senegalese secretary general Fatma Samoura on a ninth-month secondment from August to overhaul CAF, which...

African club finals to be played as one-offs, not over two legs

The finals of Africa's two international club competitions will each be played in one single match in future rather than over two legs as at present, the president of the region's governing football body said on Wednesday.

Ahmad Ahmad, head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), said both the CAF Champions League final and the CAF Confederations Cup finals would consist of a single match, following the European model.

"Huge decision that CAF took today: the (finals) will be now played on...

FIFA takes control of African football in wake of scandals

FIFA are to take over the running of African football in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF), it was announced on Thursday.

The CAF executive committee took the unprecedented decision to cede control and have FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura parachuted in as "FIFA General Delegate for Africa".

A joint statement was read out at a news conference held by beleaguered CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in Cairo on Thursday, on the eve of the Africa Cup of...

VAR issue forces CAF Champs Lge final replay

The second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after a VAR issue led to Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca walking off in protest and Tunisian side Esperance was awarded the victory.

Wydad refused to continue playing because their equalising goal with around 30 minutes remaining in the second leg was disallowed for offside and no video replay was available. The players had not been told the video system wasn't working.

After a long delay, Esperance was awarded the Champions League...