After 25 Years as CAF President, CECAFA Back Issa Hayatou for another Term

Confederation of African Football (Caf) president, Issa Hayatou has received the nod of the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) in his bid to serve another term as president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). The elections will take place next March in Morocco.

The decision was taken at the Cecafa congress in Uganda on Friday with the body giving Hayatou its backing because of his record so far, particularly in the area of football development.

According to Kenya Football Association president Sam Nyamweya, “We have decided to support Hayatou again come the elections because we think he needs another term to consolidate and finish some of the things he needs to accomplish.” Nyamweya added that Hayatou has helped bring the World Cup to Africa for the first time, got several sponsors for football and also introduced the CHAN tournament, which helps to develop home-based players.

The Cecafa members who have votes are Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea. Zanzibar is the other Cecafa member but does not get a vote because it is not a member of Caf or Fifa. Hayatou has been the president of Caf since in 1987. In 2002, he ran for president of Fifa but was defeated by current president Sepp Blatter, who himself is on his fourth term after fourteen years.

Source: BBC