All teams representing Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions and Confederation Cups competitions have been handed a deadline of December 21 to complete their registration for CAF club licensing 366football.com can report.
Enyimba and Warri Wolves who will fly Nigeria’s flag in the CAF Champions while Federations Cup champions Akwa United will make their debut in the competition in the CAF Confederation Cups are yet to align to the new policies laid down by CAF.
The CAF Clubs Licensing System which objectives are to promote and improve the quality and the level of all football aspects in Africa.
It is based on five key criteria: sporting, personnel and administrative, financial, infrastructure and legal.
These are to safeguard the credibility and integrity of club competitions while improving the level of professionalism within the football family and promoting transparency in the finances, ownership and control of clubs.
“We are organising this seminar to raise awareness about the significance of club licensing and the benefits it brings to club football, especially as a development tool for national football in the African continent,” James Johnson, FIFA’s Senior Manager of Member Associations said in a conference in March.
The Club Licensing System is a priority for FIFA’s 2015-2018 development cycle. Worldwide implementation is planned to be completed by 2016.