Algerian football leaders put on a show

On the occasion of the holding of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF), the leaders of Algerian football put on another show this Thursday, June 16th.

And it may not be over yet, with another high-stakes election rally scheduled in less than a month.

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Contrary to its title, this Thursday’s meeting is not quite ” ordinary “. It comes two and a half months after the earthquake, the elimination of the national team from the race for the World Cup and its aftershocks, including the real resignation of the president of the Algerian Football Federation, Charaf Eddine Amara.

He announced his departure during an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Presidium on Thursday, March 31, 48 hours after the March 29 defeat by Cameroon (1-2) in Blida, but withdrew a few days later as he was meeting the other members late noted by the Federal Office (BF) were trying to hold on to their posts.

The past two months have been marked by cascading resignations within the BF and public infighting, with the challenge being to influence the future, ie the election of a new leadership team at the helm of the FAF.

This Thursday, as he had promised, Amara presented his resignation before the General Assembly, which confirmed it. Officially, he is no longer president of the FAF, which he led for only 14 months. Amara was chosen to replace Kheireddine Zetchi in April 2021 after a trial that had also resulted in a lot of ink being spilled.

Day-to-day operations will be managed by FAF General Secretary Mounir Debichi until the election meeting scheduled for July 7 is held. The General Assembly of the FAF also set up a nomination committee, among other things.

But before it got there, the meeting saw some upheaval. First, because of the moral and financial records of the outgoing President and Office, which some members have wanted to dismiss.

Charaf Eddine Amara was accused of ” unnecessary expenses », like this strong bonus given to the players of the national football team after their qualification for the last AFCON in Cameroon, which they will leave in the first round.

But the balance sheets are approved by a large majority and the page of the Madar Group CEO’s transition to head of Algerian football is definitely turning.

In view of what happened this Thursday at the Ain Benian gastronomy and hotel management school on the west coast of Algiers, the real battle for the successor has only just begun.

clashes

Behind the scenes and in plenary, cameras captured harrowing altercations between well-known figures who hold important positions in the hierarchy of Algerian football and should therefore make a mark of restraint.

Surreal is the exchange of blows between Abdelkrim Medouar, President of the Professional Football League (LFP) and Amar Bahloul, the former number 2 of the association. The television stations that broadcast it had to encrypt certain passages. Bahloul is presented as a contender to succeed Amara.

Mohamed Zerouati, President of JS Saoura, had announced the color before coming to the GA by asking members of the Assembly to ” be men and fired Amara’s balance sheets.

This Thursday there were clashes with Secretary General Debichi in front of running cameras. The two men almost attacked each other. The show is simply unworthy of the institution and the country.

It’s a harrowing image projected of Algerian football struggling to recover from a string of disappointments, with a fiasco at CAN 2021, elimination from the World Cup race as well as Algerian clubs missing out on rounds of continental competitions.

In the room, the presence of Mohamed Raouraoua did not go unnoticed. He is the most courted man during this GA and some do not rule out his return to the top of the FAF. Whether he is a candidate or not, the election rally promises to be even more tumultuous and Algerian football leaders have missed another opportunity to make their mark.

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