President of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Issa Hayatou has moved to change the body’s rules on age limits, so as to strengthen his ambition in the forthcoming elections.
A change to the existing 70-year age limit for a Caf president will be proposed and discussed at a congress in April.
Hayatou, who has been at the helm of African football since 1988, is in his seventh term of office. His current mandate ends in 2017and should the proposed age limit change be passed, he will be eligible to seek for another four-year tenure until 2021- when he would have turned 75.
“Fifa does not have age limits for its committee members so Caf wants to bring this in line with them,” executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi is quoted as saying on the BBC Sport.
Cameroonian Hayatou, a former athletics administrator, is already the longest serving senior member in Fifa board of executives, acting as vice president.
The Caf statutes state that “at the time of their election, all candidates nominated to the Caf Executive Committee must be “Bona Fide” member of their national associations and must be under seventy (70) years of age.”