The Continental Football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held a video conference with the National Safety Security Officers (NSSO) of the Member associations on November 4th, 2020.
The conference was to inform the members on how best they were to manifest new safety and security guidelines put in place to curb the COVID-19 pandemic thus creating a smooth resumption of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The NSSOs of Member Associations together with CAF safety and security officers made a team of sixty who attended the meeting in anxiety to know how they were to implement the new security guidelines during international matches.
“Our goal is to ensure that there is uniformity in safety and security operations across Africa with an emphasis on making sure that the matches are played under a safe and secured environment,” Dr Christian Emeruwa, Head of the Safety and Security Department said at the conference before adding.
“We are mindful of the enormous task ahead, especially how to keep spectators and supporters away from the stadium. Hence, we felt the need to guide all NSSOs and appointed CAF safety and security officers on best practices under these conditions.”
“The protection of the players and officials before, during, and after the match is of great importance in our operations.”
“We need to ensure effective coordination between safety and security officers and all other health officers that will be involved in delivering each match,” he concluded.
The Head of CAF Safety and Security Department provided them with practical advice and guidelines on each of points noted below;
- The organization of matches behind closed doors and without spectators
- The new accreditation control mechanism and new accreditation zones.
- The differences between upcoming matches and previous ones.
- The need for each Member Association to have a good safety and security plan before the effective resumption of official matches.
The NSSOs were promised a detailed guideline specific to each match, which will see them throughout the activities to take place during the matches scheduled for November 9th to 17th, 2020.