KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is
going to start paying referees directly for designated CAF
matches on the continent. This has been welcomed by two top
Ugandan premier league teams.
In the past, hosting
teams and associations paid the match officials. The decision to
reform the referee payment system was taken at a CAF executive
committee meeting held in Casablanca, Morocco on Wednesday. The
meeting was chaired by the president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad.
reduces the financial burden on national associations and also
eliminates an ethical challenge because it removes the suspicion
perceived between national associations and the referees,” said
Chairman of Uganda Premier League champions KCCA FC, was pleased
with the news. “We spend a lot of money catering for the match
officials who handled our matches in the CAF Champions league
and CAF Confederations match last year. That is a big relief,”
Club President of
Sports Club Villa, Emmanuel Misagga was also happy to get the
news. He told Xinhua that this development will stop hosting
teams from being too close to match officials.
“There are teams
that have been giving referees very good treatment when they
host games and this could influence what happens on the pitch
sometimes. But with this development we are now happy CAF will
cater for match officials,” he added.
Last year after
being elected president of CAR, Ahmad Ahmad promised to make
several reforms that will help improve African football.