Caf president Hayatou re-elected unopposed

MARRAKECH – Cameroonian Issa Hayatou has been re-elected unopposed as Confederation of African Football (Caf) president for a final four-year term in office.
Hayatou has led CAF since 1988.
Hayatou has led CAF since 1988.

MARRAKECH – Cameroonian Issa Hayatou has been re-elected unopposed as Confederation of African Football (Caf) president for a final four-year term in office.

The 66-year-old, who was voted into power in 1988, has already said this seventh term will be his final period as head of the organisation.

Hayatou, who was applauded by delegates at the Caf congress in Marrakech, also received a special certificate from Fifa to commemorate his silver jubilee on its executive committee.

Ivorian Jacques Anouma wanted to oppose Hayatou at the elections, but a rule change prevented him from doing so. His attempt to overturn the decision to disqualify non-executive members from the election was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

Hayatou used his re-election to make reference to Anouma’s challenge.

Hayatou, the son of a sultan from the northern city of Garoua, represented Cameroon at basketball and middle-distance running. He is the fifth Caf president and by far the longest serving.

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