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A pledge by Fatma Samoura to hand over her duties as FIFA’s top administrator to avoid conflicts of interest while running African football’s troubled confederation lasted a day.

Just 24 hours later, a push by Samoura for FIFA to take control of the sale of television rights from the Confederation of African Football for the continent’s qualifiers for the 2022 and 2026 World Cups has reinforced concerns about her unprecedented appointment.

With CAF embroiled in allegations of financial mismanagement and general chaos around the organization of competitions, FIFA President Gianni Infantino decided in June to dispatch his secretary general to CAF headquarters in Cairo in the newly created role of general delegate for Africa.

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