Let’s see more mil­lions for PSL champs ...

African Independent - - SPORT - THOMAS

It is one of the mis­con­duct cases that hap­pened six months ago and yet per­haps due to the lack of a com­pe­tent pros­e­cu­tor, the mat­ter has ei­ther been swept un­der the car­pet, or they still need to hire a pros­e­cu­tor who does not moon­light else­where but would fo­cus on han­dling PSL cases only.

In Sene­gal, po­lice this week ar­rested 10 fans as­so­ci­ated with that deadly stam­pede that claimed the lives of eight spec­ta­tors. Among those detained is the chair­man of US Ouakam FC, who, af­ter be­ing thrown in jail, con­firmed that those supporters ar­rested be­longed to his club.

Po­lice said those ar­rested face charges of mur­der and pre­med­i­tated assault af­ter the Sene­galese Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion and the pub­lic ac­cused the club of be­ing fully re­spon­si­ble for the may­hem that led to the death of those un­for­tu­nate eight supporters.

Hope­fully, with all the lolly that has landed in their cookie jar from Absa this week, the PSL will now be able to hire a pros­e­cu­tor is ca­pa­ble of clear­ing the in­creas­ing back­log of cases pil­ing up.

DIn the one cor­ner we find the com­bined might of Canada, the United States and Mex­ico, and in the other, on their own, Morocco.

Mex­ico have staged the World Cup twice and the US once, and Canada were the last hosts of the Women’s World Cup.

Morocco have bid un­suc­cess­fully four times to bring the four-yearly global foot­ball show­piece to north-west Africa.

Many in­ter­na­tional pun­dits con­sider the con­test to be a “no con­test”, pre­dict­ing that the North and Cen­tral Amer­i­can jug­ger­naut will steam­roll their way to vic­tory.

There is a be­lief that Fifa are des­per­ate to “com­pen­sate” the US for a shock de­feat by tiny Qatar in the race to host the 2022 World Cup.

Many ex­perts also be­lieve that the Amer­i­cans have boxed clever by bring­ing the Cana­di­ans and Mex­i­cans on board.

Canada had spo­ken of go­ing it alone, Mex­ico too. Now two po­ten­tial ri­vals of the US are in their team.

There is no doubt that the three coun­tries can de­liver an awe­some World Cup. They have the sta­dia and a track record of suc­cess­fully host­ing ma­jor events in many sport­ing codes.

Re­mem­ber, this will be the first World Cup with 48 teams, up from the 32 coun­tries at each tour­na­ment since the 1998 fi­nals in France.

There will be 16 first round groups and, as­sum­ing a venue can stage two of these three-fix­ture minileagues, a host na­tion needs eight world-class venues.

If you pool what is avail­able in Canada, Mex­ico and the US, they could eas­ily come up with 16 venues, one for each group.

Moroc­can of­fi­cials re­cently said they have six World Cup-stan­dard venues, in­clud­ing Ra­bat and Casablanca, with one more due to come on line next year.

That, in our opin­ion, would leave one more sta­dium to be con­structed in or­der to cater for a 48-team World Cup.

We hope Fifa will not ap­ply “dirty tricks” and in­sist on each of the 16 groups hav­ing its own venue.

It is not only un­nec­es­sary, but would also have the ef­fect of crip­pling the Moroc­can bid to bring the World Cup back to Africa 16 years af­ter South Africa were hosts.

A glance at the ac­com­pa­ny­ing list of World Cup hosts shows that Europe and the Amer­i­cas (North, Cen­tral and South) have been the dom­i­nant re­gions over the years.

Asia have had the hon­our of host­ing only once, but Qatar will stage the 2022 tour­na­ment and there is a lot of chat­ter about a bid from China for the 2030 World Cup.

We hope that Africa and Ocea­nia (Aus­tralia could prob­a­bly do it alone or co-host with New Zealand) will not be left out in the cold.

Fifa pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino has no doubts about Morocco, pub­licly stat­ing re­cently that the north African king­dom is more than ca­pa­ble of stag­ing a 48-team World Cup.

We are con­fi­dent that all of Africa (54 votes) will back the Moroc­cans.

Now they must per­suade all of Europe or all of Asia, or both, to back them. –

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