The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Thursday, December 10, 2020, nominated former president Issa Hayatou as honourary president.
Hayatou led the African football body from March 1988 to March 2017 before he was eventually defeated by suspended president Ahmad Ahmad, who won 34 of the 54 total votes in the last election held in Addis Ababa.
During his tenure as CAF boss, Hayatou pushed for South Africa to host the FIFA World Cup on African soil in 2010 – the first time ever for an African nation, and the increase of African spots in the global competition from two to five countries, amongst other achievements.
His nomination is expected to be confirmed during CAF’s 42nd General Assembly in Egypt on Friday which will be headed by interim Caf president Constant Omari, with Ahmad serving a five-year ban for unethical dealings.
His sojourn in football administration started in Cameroon when he became the secretary-general of the Cameroonian Football Federation at the age of 28 and he later attained the presidency position in the FA.
On the continental scene, Hayatou’s reign at Caf began when he succeeded Sudan’s Abdel Halim Muhammad in 1988 and he was contesting his seventh re-election campaign when he lost to Madagascan administrator Ahmad in 2017.
The 74-year-old, who headed Fifa in an acting capacity between October 2015 and February 2016 following Sepp Blatter’s ban, is also an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
He contested for the post of Fifa president in 2002 but he was unable to beat incumbent Blatter in the 53rd FIFA Congress held in South Korea.
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