On the eve of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set for a drastic overhaul amid several corruption scandals, including allegations against President Ahmad Ahmad.
The CAF executive committee made a stunning decision on Thursday (AEST) to cede control of the organisation and have FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura parachuted in as "FIFA High Commissioner for Africa", according to sources.
No announcement has yet been made, but beleaguered CAF president Ahmad Ahmad is scheduled to address media in Cairo on Thursday.
Ahmad, who is the subject of an ethics investigation by FIFA after allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct, proposed the idea in a document shared with colleagues on the executive committee, the sources said.
Samoura is to lead a FIFA team that will conduct "a root-and-branch review of governance of the confederation, oversee operational management of the organisation, and recommend where needed a series of reform efforts."
FIFA are to also undertake a forensic audit of monies given to CAF.
The idea of sending Samoura to Africa is said to have been put together by FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF vice president Amaju Pinnick in the wake of Ahmad's brief detention by French police last week on corruption allegations.
African football has been rocked not only by the firing of CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy for whistleblowing, but also a walk-off in the Champions League final and the alleged assault on a referee by another of CAF's vice presidents.
The African Cup of Nations kicks off in Cairo on Friday when Egypt faces Zimbabwe.