Hayatou re-elected unopposed

CAIRO – Previously banned Fifa executive member Amadou Diakite returned to football administration in a resounding poll triumph at Sunday’s Confederation of African Football Congress less than three years after being found guilty of bribery.
Issa Hayatou
Issa Hayatou

CAIRO – Previously banned Fifa executive member Amadou Diakite returned to football administration in a resounding poll triumph at Sunday’s Confederation of African Football Congress less than three years after being found guilty of bribery.

CAF president Issa Hayatou was re-elected unopposed, extending to almost three decades his tenure in charge of African football, but South African Danny Jordaan, who built up a strong international profile after organising the last World Cup, failed again to get a place on the CAF executive committee.

The hotly-contested elections at the end of the congress in Morocco contrasted with the re-election of Hayatou, who was given a warm acclamation after being returned unopposed.

Diakite of Mali was banned for two years in November 2010 by Fifa after allegations of bribery in the vote-buying scandal surrounding the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

However, his tarnished reputation did not seem to bother the CAF electorate who returned him to their executive committee with an overwhelming majority.

He was one of five incumbents who kept their places on the committee, including CAF vice president Suketu Patel of the Seychelles who retain his seat from the southern African zone.

Agencies

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