Yahya puts pro contracts and women’s development at top of his CAF presidential manifesto

February 15 – Mauritania’s hope for the top job in African football, Ahmed Yahya (pictured), says players must be better compensated and that national federations need to provide proper working contracts.

Presenting his programme last weekend to a home-based audience, Yahya cited the professional status of players and federations and the development of women’s football as three of his key priorities.

Yahya has been running football in his country since 2011 and is one of four contenders to take over the Confederation of African Football presidency from Ahmad Ahmad on March 12.

“Managers of clubs, associations use young people without contracts, without conditions,” he told a press conference.

“CAF will require, through its club license system, all clubs – at least elite clubs – to have contracts with players to allow our young people to live in good conditions ”.

Yahya also wants to change the statutes of CAF so that the federations are better run.

“These are professional companies. It’s a full-time job today. Perhaps the federations today – some of them – do not dare to say it, do not dare to amend their statutes. CAF will allow them that. (Under my presidency)  It will demand that each federation amend its statutes so that all the federations are remunerated ”.

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