The Confederation of African Football (CAF) chief, Issa Hayatou is reportedly set to compete for another four-year term as the head of the African football body.
With his late ambition, Issa Hayatou could extend his leadership of the African Football body into his fourth decade.
The 70-year-old Cameroonian was initially elected into the position in 1988, 29 years ago. If he wins the re-election which is slotted to hold in two months time, he could add four more years under his belt as the President of the Confederation of African Football.
However, the opposite could be the result as he faces a strong competition in fellow executive committee member, Madagascar’s Ahmad. Issa Hayatou has run unopposed more often than not, earning the senior FIFA Vice President an easy win as the chief of the African football’s governing body.
He has faced opposition only twice through Angolan Armando Machado and Botswana’s Ismael Bhamjee. Both candidates lost woefully to the septuagenarian.
Ahmad, the Madagascar Football Association president, told reporters in Libreville, Gabon that his candidacy had been accepted.
“My candidacy for the position of Confederation of African Football president has been approved,” he said.
In 2002 Hayatou vied for the position of President of the overall football governing body, FIFA but the former athlete lost out to ex-FIFA President Sepp Blatter. However, when Sepp Blatter was banned from all football-related activities in 2015 as a part of the FIFA corruption investigation of 2015, Hayatou took over as acting President of the football governing body.
Refusing to contest again for the position, he held it until Swiss man, Gianni Infantino was elected President of FIFA. Hayatou continues to serve as the Senior Vice President.
The upcoming election will take place in Addis Ababa on March 16.