"Miafrika ndivyo ilivyo": Togo yafungiwa na CAF


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Hivi waafrika tuna matatizo gani? Haya maamuzi ni ya ajabu kabisa. Nakubaliana na huyu bloger Piers Edwards na pia Adebayor. "The decesion is outrageous." Hii ni proof nyingine kuwa mtu akizeekea madarakani uwezo wa kufikiria huisha!

CAF decision over Togo makes no sense

Piers Edwards
30 January 2010

Buckingham Palace took so long to respond Princess Diana's death in 1997 has an organisation so badly misjudged the mood of the public.
For the decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to expel Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations - following their Angola 2010 withdrawal after their team bus was machine-gunned (with two team officials dying) - is simply jaw-dropping.

Before we get into the whys and wherefores, let's just clarify why the Togolese have been suspended. In the statement they released on Saturday, Caf said the following...

'Following a decision taken by players to participate in the competition, the Togolese government decided to call back their national team. The decision taken by the political authorities is infringing Caf and [Nations Cup] regulations. Therefore, a decision has been taken to suspend Togo for the next two editions.'

For their woes, the Togolese federation was also fined US$50,000 - as Caf twisted the knife.

In the same statement, Caf says it understands the players' decision not to participate in the competition but the African ruling body's insensitivity is still staggering.

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Togo played a friendly against Togo Media, 15 January, to honour those who were killed

Some will argue Nations Cup regulations - Article 78 specifies such a punishment for teams withdrawing shortly before the competition - were simply being obeyed but just down the page, Article 80 will tolerate withdrawals 'in cases of force majeure accepted by Caf'.

Force majeure allows for an extraordinary event or circumstance, which the incident in the northern Angolan province of Cabinda on 8 January certainly was - with the Togo bus being attacked by rebels linked to the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda.

When considering that two team officials lost their life, the African ruling body really does seem to believe Bill Shankly's well-worn opinions on football being more important than life and, more pertinently here, death.

When I asked Caf President Issa Hayatou earlier this month whether he regretted bringing the Nations Cup to Angola following the Togolese tragedy, his answer was enlightening.

For the Cameroonian proceeded to explain that there was no real problem having only three teams in Group B after Togo's withdrawal as it had happened before (when Nigeria withdrew from South Africa in 1996).

At that point, an aide came over to explain that the question had actually been about the deaths - whereupon Hayatou addressed the attack with little empathy.

On Friday, he expanded further - saying Caf had denied Togo's request to re-join the tournament after three days of mourning because satellites used for broadcasting had already been pre-arranged, one of a litany of excuses which didn't seem to hold water.

And while words such as 'cruel' and 'inhumane' are already being applied by football fans to the decision - 'stupid' has also followed.

Because whether you agree or disagree with the decision, its timing beggars belief.

Caf argues that the African game doesn't get the coverage it deserves - but how is Sunday's Nations Cup final between Egypt and Ghana going to be about football when announcing this decision 24 hours beforehand?

Even while this tournament has progressed and become about the football, there was always the feeling that the Cabinda attack, which took place 48 hours before the opening game, would overshadow it.

Now it certainly will, as Caf reignited a fading ember at the worst moment.
Caf says it wants to give Togo time to appeal with the draw for 2012 Nations Cup qualifying looming - but they are still ensuring the final, like the opener, is coming second.

Inside talk suggests this is a political spat between the Togolese government, its football federation and Caf, who had a war of words with Prime Minister Gilbert Huongbo when the team withdrew.

And if this is indeed the case, this issue should not be used as a political pawn.

Especially in African football's biggest ever year as the planet's eyes turn to South Africa ahead of the continent's first staging of the World Cup, now just over four months away.

Amidst the fall-out, there will be chat about whether Hayatou, who has held his post for 22 years, is still fit to govern Caf - a question his army of critics will seize upon.

In an interview given to the BBC, Caf claims to be protecting the future of African football by adhering to tournament rules.

But how are they helping the next generation of Togolese players by giving them no continental championship to play for - and at least two years without competition until the 2014 World Cup qualifying comes around?

Personally, I'd be intrigued to know the thoughts of reserve goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale who, lying in a Johannesburg hospital with a bullet lodged near his spine, is now being told that even if he does play football again, he'll be unable to compete in the next two Nations Cups.

Total madness - and I'm sure many of you will join me in hoping Togo's appeal will succeed.


Source: BBC Sports Football.

I am totally with you Mr Edwards on this one and I hope FIFA intervenes because I don't trust these African dictators who use their dic** rather than brain in thinking.
 
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Huu ni uamuzi wa kipuuzi kabisa. I hope FIFA wataingilia kati. Nina matumaini pia Togo watakaa rufaa
 
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hii ndo beloved afrika
 
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nimefurahi sana Togo kufungiwa. hawa jamaa walitaka kujopadaize kombe la mataifa ya africa. hata kama kuna mauaji, hawakutakia ku over react kama vile, kwa kufanya vile walisababisha watu wa mataifa mengine kuona kama africa, au angola kwa ujumla hakuna amani. tayari angola imesha face tatizo la kutokuaminika kutokana na adhabu ya togo kuwarudisha kwa kukumoa wachezaji wake siku ile. ile ilikuwa ni komoa komoa. safi sana caf.
 
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hii ndo afrika
sooo proudly shameful
 
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nimefurahi sana Togo kufungiwa. hawa jamaa walitaka kujopadaize kombe la mataifa ya africa. hata kama kuna mauaji, hawakutakia ku over react kama vile, kwa kufanya vile walisababisha watu wa mataifa mengine kuona kama africa, au angola kwa ujumla hakuna amani. tayari angola imesha face tatizo la kutokuaminika kutokana na adhabu ya togo kuwarudisha kwa kukumoa wachezaji wake siku ile. ile ilikuwa ni komoa komoa. safi sana caf.
Sasa wewe unaona kombe la Africa ni bora kuliko maisha ya waafrika ?
 
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Huu ni uamuzi wa kipuuzi kabisa. I hope FIFA wataingilia kati. Nina matumaini pia Togo watakaa rufaa
CAF makao makuu Cairo wanachofahamu ni kuwapendelea timu za Misri kuanzia vilabu hadi taifa. CAF hakuna uongozi utakumbuka nchi za kusini mwa Afrika walitaka kususia haya mashindano hadi pale CAF watakapokuwa more democratic na kuhamisha makao makuu kwenda nchi nyingine hii ilikuwa kwenye 1990s kama sikosei.

FIFA hawawezi kuingilia kwa sababu wanakula pamoja. Tatizo jingine ushiriki wa timu ni wa kujitakia Togo inawezekana kabisa wasingekuwa na timu ambayo ingeweza kufika kwenye fainali miaka inayokuja.

CAF wameamua vipi kuhusu malalamiko ya Malawi? Referee aliyepigwa kichwa?

Nafikiri umefika wakati vyama vya sola Afrika kusimama kidete na CAF tujue zipi mbivu.
 
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caf ni shirikisho la mpira misri
 
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Sikufurahia Africa cup of nations at all.
Too much player acting,poor referee ,game ilikuwa slow sana.

Angali goli la Kolo Toure lilivyokataliwa,na goli lisilo goli dhidi ya Cameroun halikuvuka
mstari wa goli.

Ghana walikuwa wakifunga bao wanasit back ,wanacheza na mtu mmoja mbele,very negative football.
Egypt at least walionyesha consistency,na displine.

Afrika hatutashinda kombe la dunia kamwe.Wacheza wanaocheza Ulaya,wakiwa mashindanoni wanafkiria ligi za Ulaya.Kama kipa wa Ghana yuko bench kwenye timu ya Wigan,lakini ni number moja Ghana!Angalia Nigeria Kanu bado anacheza ,lakini hata kwenye timu yake ya Portmouth yuko bench ambayo itakwenda chini mwaka huu.

Cameroun akina Song na Geremi wamepitwa na wakati lakini bado wanacheza first team.

Egypt wacheza wake wote kasoro wawili wanacheza Ulaya,kwa hiyo ni rahisi kuelewana .Kwa sababu ya pesa,Waafrika hatutafika mbele.
 
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nimefurahi sana Togo kufungiwa. hawa jamaa walitaka kujopadaize kombe la mataifa ya africa. hata kama kuna mauaji, hawakutakia ku over react kama vile, kwa kufanya vile walisababisha watu wa mataifa mengine kuona kama africa, au angola kwa ujumla hakuna amani. tayari angola imesha face tatizo la kutokuaminika kutokana na adhabu ya togo kuwarudisha kwa kukumoa wachezaji wake siku ile. ile ilikuwa ni komoa komoa. safi sana caf.
roho za watu watatu is nothing?
kama angola kuna tatizo si bora lijulikane ili litafutiwe ufumbuzi kuliko kulificha wakati watu wanapata shida?
r u realy mwana wa Mungu?
 

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