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Cameroonian Zelkifli Ngoufounja has stepped down with immediate effect from his position as Fifa Senior Manager of Development Programmes Africa.
Ngoufounja, who has been serving in this position since May 2014, prior to which he was the Fifa Development Officer for Central Africa from 2012, has cited medical reasons for his departure.
In an exclusive interview with supersport.com he said, “I have over the past years helped member associations to strengthen their administration, assisted them in developing a vision for their national football.”
“We have worked hard together to develop and implement various projects that have become key to taking these associations to the next level.”
“We have managed to review financial and administration procedures as well as professionalised the running of most member associations on the continent.”
The construction of technical centers, reviewing of marketing strategies and performances projects are some of the areas that he spearheaded across Africa.
As he departs, Ngoufonja has shown confidence in the new Caf leadership to continue the work he has done to help the development of African football.
He said, “The job is not finished yet, but today there is hope for a better future based on the foundations that have been built.”
“That is the epitome of the potential. Africa has a new leadership that came in with new ideas and greater challenges.”
“Now they should be given the chance to reorganise things and set new priorities, and work toward unifying a very divided continent. The only thing is patience is not always on the side of football.”
Malagasy Ahmad, known by one name, ousted long serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou in a very highly billed Caf Election 34-20 last month in Addis Ababa, launching a new era in African football after 29 years.
Ngoufounja has promised to continue serving the beautiful game on the continent, albeit not from his position at Fifa.