The leaders of Algerian football once again gave a show this Thursday, June 16, on the occasion of the celebration of the ordinary general assembly of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).
And it may not be over because another assembly, therefore elective with much at stake, is scheduled in less than a month.
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Contrary to its title, this Thursday’s meeting is not quite” common “. It comes two and a half months after the earthquake of the elimination of the national team from the race for the World Cup and its aftershocks, including the real-fake resignation of the president of the Algerian Football Federation, Charaf Eddine Amara.
He announced his departure during an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Bureau on Thursday, March 31, 48 hours after the defeat against Cameroon (1-2) on March 29 in Blida, but he retracted a few days later when he noted that the other members of the Federal Office (BF) were trying to hold on to their posts.
The two months that have elapsed have been marked by a cascade of resignations within the BF and public struggles, the challenge being to influence the future, that is, in the election of a new management team at the head of the FAF.
This Thursday, Amara presented, as promised, her resignation before the general assembly that validated it. Officially, he is no longer president of the FAF, which he led for only 14 months. Amara was chosen in April 2021 to replace Kheireddine Zetchi after a process that had also caused a lot of ink to be spilled.
The general secretary of the FAF, Mounir Debichi, will be in charge of the day to day until the elective assembly, scheduled for July 7, is held. The FAF General Assembly also appointed, among other things, a nominating committee.
But before they got there, the meeting experienced a bit of a stir. First because of the moral and financial background of the outgoing president and position, which some members wanted to reject.
Charaf Eddine Amara has been accused of ” Innecesary expenses », like this strong bonus given to the players of the national soccer team after qualifying for the last AFCON in Cameroon, from which they will come out in the first round.
But the balances will be adopted by a large majority and the page is definitely turning from the step of the general director of the Madar group at the head of Algerian football.
In view of what happened this Thursday at the hotel and restaurant school in Ain Benian, on the west coast of Algiers, the real battle, that of succession, has only just begun.
Behind the scenes and in full swing, the cameras captured harrowing altercations between well-known figures who occupy important positions in the Algerian football hierarchy, and were therefore supposed to set an example in terms of restraint.
The exchange between Abdelkrim Medouar, president of the Professional Football League (LFP) and Amar Bahloul, former number 2 of the Federation, is surreal. The television channels that broadcast it had to scramble certain passages. Bahloul presents himself as a pretender to the succession of Amara.
Mohamed Zerouati, president of JS Saoura, before arriving at the AG, had announced the color by calling the members of the Assembly to ” be men and fire Amara’s balance sheets.
This Thursday he faced Secretary General Debichi in front of the cameras. The two men almost came to blows. The show is simply unworthy of the institution and the country.
It is a bleak image of Algerian football, which has barely emerged from a succession of disappointments, with a fiasco at CAN 2021, an elimination from the World Cup race as well as the absence of Algerian clubs in the advanced. rounds of continental competitions.
In the room, the presence of Mohamed Raouraoua did not go unnoticed. He is the most wanted man during this GA and some do not rule out his return to the head of the FAF. Whether he is a candidate or not, the elective assembly promises to be even more stormy and the leaders of Algerian soccer have lost another opportunity to set an example.
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