Hayatou re-elected CAF head for final 4-year term

2013-03-09 06:30:25 GMT2013-03-09 14:30:25(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Cameroonian Issa Hayatou will be re-elected unopposed in Morocco Sunday for a final four-year term as Confederation of African Football (CAF) president.

The 66-year-old, voted into power during the 1988 Cup of Nations, told reporters last month that this would be last period as boss of the 54-state organization.

Cote d'Ivoirian Jacques Anouma, one of four Africans on the executive committee of world governing body FIFA, wanted to oppose Hayatou at the CAF congress in Marrakech, but a change to the election rules disqualified him.

Anouma and the Cote d'Ivorian and Liberian football associations made four appeals to the Switzerland-based Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) in an effort to overturn the ruling, but it backed CAF each time.

The 60-year-old Ivorian believes Hayatou was behind a successful Algerian proposal at a special congress in the Seychelles last year to amend the rules and restrict the CAF presidency to voting members of the executive committee.

Although permitted to attend CAF executive meetings, Anouma cannot vote because he is not an elected member, and the 44-6 verdict in favor of the change suggests he would have suffered a heavy election defeat by Hayatou.

The Cameroonian has been challenged twice during his lengthy reign and both opponents, Armando Machedo of Angola and Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana, suffered humiliating losses.

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