Saturday, March 9, 2013

CAF's President Issa Hayatou set to extend lengthy reign

This Sunday, long-standing Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou is set to be re-elected into what he says will be a final term in office.

The Cameroonian who has been in office since 1987 is running unopposed after his only rival - Fifa Executive Committee member Jacques Anouma - was barred from standing for office due to some technicalities.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the final appeal by Ivorian Jacques Anouma to be able to contest, after CAF changed its statutes last year which only allowed voting members of CAF’s Executive Committee to contest the Presidential elections.

Anouma sits on CAF’s executive committee but only because he serves as one of the continent's representatives on the Fifa executive, which means he doesn't have the right to vote.

Well, this works out well for Issa Hayatou who is set to extend his reign as CAF president to 30 years this Sunday-this is Africa, anything can happen, smh.

Despite several allegations of corruption that trails Hayatou, the Cameroonian has recorded some achievement during his long tenure some of which includes increasing Africa’s World Cup entries from 2 to 5 teams, creation of new tournaments, increased finances as well as bringing the World Cup to Africa.