Issa Hayatou is back as the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) president for a final four-year term in office.
The Cameroonian was returned unopposed for a seventh term at the organization’s congress in Morocco recently. In the office since 1988, the 66-year-old Hayatou received a special certificate from the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) to commemorate his silver jubilee on its executive committee.
Ivorian Jacques Anouma had indicated that he would run against Hayatou in the elections. However, a rule change prevented him from doing so and his attempt to overturn the decision to disqualify non-executive members from the election was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“The presidents of the federations approved an amendment preventing a few of them from participating in the race for the CAF presidency which now only permits those who have held positions of responsibility within the institution to run for presidency,” said Hayatou. “The conduct of the executive committee along with the members of national associations during the case was exemplary. The principle of sovereignty of the general assembly was recognized by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
Hayatou is the fifth CAF president and by far the longest serving.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Danny Jordaan has failed again to secure a place on the CAF executive committee.
The man who led South Africa’s successful 2010 World Cup soccer bid lost out to Madagascar’s Ahmad – he uses only one name – in a second poll.
Amadou Diakite of Mali and Benin’s Moucharafou Anjorin also won seats.
This was Jordaan’s second bid to join Africa’s soccer inner circle. He also failed to win one of the places reserved for Africa on the FIFA executive committee, withdrawing his candidacy at the last minute. Last year, Jordaan gave up a bid for the presidency of the southern African regional body.
Diakite, a former FIFA member banned for two years in November by FIFA over allegations of bribery in the vote-buying scandal surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, is back in soccer administration.
The CAF electorate returned him to their executive committee with an overwhelming majority. Diakite was one of five incumbents who kept their places, including CAF vice-president, Suketu Patel, of the Seychelles. He retained his seat from the southern African zone.
Anjorin staved off Nigeria Soccer Association president Aminu Maigari’s challenge in a run-off for one of the West African berths. Anjorin was arrested two years ago on allegations of embezzling sponsorship money and spent more than six months in jail.
By RON FANFAIR