Liberia's Bility files case against Caf at Court of Arbitration for Sport

Liberia Football Association president Musa Bility
Liberia's Musa Bility has been unhappy with the running of Caf in the past

Liberia's Musa Bility, a member of the Confederation of African Football's Executive Committee, filed a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Tuesday.

Bility is unhappy with what he calls the 'co-operation agreement' between the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Fifa.

In a statement on Monday, he said he was seeking to have the recent agreement made "null and void with immediate effect".

Under the deal, Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura will work with Caf as a "General Delegate to Africa" from 1 August.

Bility hopes Cas "will give interim orders stopping the hostile takeover of Caf by Fifa and especially the decision to bring Fatma Samoura to head the Caf Secretariat."

"I have filed an appeal with Cas against Caf in its decision to allow the appointment of Fifa and Fifa FIFA officials to oversee and overtake matters that ought to be in the exclusive hands of African football," Bility said on Tuesday.

"It is my firm belief that the appointment by Caf of the General Delegate Fatma Samoura was done in contravention of the relevant rules and regulations and I have enlisted legal counsel to seek the appropriate relief.

"I am pursuing this case for the exclusive purpose of ensuring that African football can thrive in an independent manner consistent with the rule of law where we as a continent can be proud of our achievements."

The controversial decision to bring in Samoura was given "almost unanimous" support by Caf's Executive Committee last week, according to the head of the Nigerian federation Amaju Pinnick, with Bility believed to be the sole voice of dissent.

Pinnick insisted that Samoura's appointment would help "strengthen our judicial, governance and fiscal discipline".

Fifa President Gianni Infantino attended the meeting in the Egyptian capital CAiro and said he believed the plan would help "significantly improve" football on the continent.

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