Ahmad Ahmad, CAF President
Thursday Jan 04, 2018. 14:00
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has explained that there is no refereeing gong up for grabs in tonight’s CAF Awards because of the fight against corruption in the game.
The 2017 CAF Awards will be held in Accra, Ghana, tonight and the category of Referee of the Year - which has been won for the last three straight years by the Gambia’s Bakary Gassama - was a notable absentee from the shortlist of nominees unveiled last month.
The CAF president argued that the African football body shouldn’t be encouraging competition among referees, hence the decision to drop the category.
Addressing the media on the issue at the International Conference Center in Accra, Ahmad said: “We don't want to encourage corruption in the refereeing industry as we believe awarding then can breed corruption.”
He added, “The best referees already have their awards by officiating at the biggest event in the continent and abroad. So they need no award again.”
The CAF Awards will be held on Thursday evening, with the trio of Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane competing for the coveted Player of the Year prize.