This is a brief update on a few matters, including the discussions concerning the release of African players from Europe and other countries for the FIFA International week
As you may be aware, after discussions with the French Federation and French Government, we eventually made progress and the French Government agreed, under specific circumstances, to exempt players from Africa from the Covid-19 quarantine regulations.
FIFA President Mr Gianni Infantino and FIFA assisted a lot in this process working closely with CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe and myself.
These efforts led to the progress and success that we achieved.
The impact of Covid-19 on the release of players to their national teams is a global problem and a challenge for all.
CAF raised this matter at the FIFA Council meeting on Friday, 19 March 2021.
We have continued to be in contact where African footballers are playing as every country has its own Covid-19 quarantine regulations.
The release of European-based African players and African players playing outside the continent is very important for the performance of our African national teams to maintain the respect and world class standards of the Total Africa Cup of Nations and the global competitiveness of African national teams in the FIFA World Cup next year.