Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou is the second most powerful man in international soccer.
International Soccer Federation (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter confirmed the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) head as the senior vice-president following the death of Argentinian Julio Grondona last July.
Hayatou could now step in to replace Blatter as FIFA’s head should the Swiss become incapacitated for any reason.
Last week, CAF and Hayatou gave their backing to Blatter’s bid for re-election for a fifth term as head of the sport’s governing body.
Meanwhile, West Ham United midfielder Alex Song has been omitted from Cameroon’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone on October 10 and 15.
Song recently completed a three-game suspension for elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in a 4-0 loss at the World Cup.
The 28-year-old missed the final World Cup match – a 4-1 defeat to host country Brazil – and Cameroon’s first two Nations Cup qualifiers.
After the World Cup, he joined the English premier League side on a season-long loan from Barcelona.
Cameroon will host Ivory Coast which is unable to play at home because of the Ebola virus outbreak.
And Victor Moses has been recalled to the Nigerian squad for its qualifier against Sudan later this month. He last played for his country in a 2-0 loss to France at the World Cup.
Stephen Keshi, who does not have a contract, is temporarily in charge of the team following the Nigerian sports minister’s intervention. Keshi’s contract was not renewed after the World Cup.
Contract talks have been stalled because of the country’s soccer body’s leadership struggle that prompted a league boycott and led to FIFA threatening to ban Nigeria from international competition.
“I just have to keep doing my best for my country by preparing the team until we can resume talks, said Keshi. “It’s no secret that there is no Nigeria Soccer Federation board in place to finalize a contract, but we must continue our work and ensure qualification for Morocco.
Languishing in third place in its group following a defeat to Congo and a draw with South Africa, Nigeria meets Sudan on the road on October 11 and at home four days later.