Issa Hayatou is re-elected unopposed as CAF President
Cameroonian Issa Hayatou has been re-elected unopposed as Confederation of African Football (CAF) president for a final four-year term in Morocco.
The 66-year-old, who was voted into power in 1988, has already said this 7th term will be his final period as head of the organisation.
Hayatou received warm applause from delegates at the CAF congress in Marrakech, and also received a special certificate from Fifa to commemorate his silver jubilee on the executive committee.
Ivorian Jacques Anouma wanted to oppose Hayatou at the elections, but a rule change prevented him from doing so. His attempt to overturn the decision to disqualify non-executive members from the election was rejected by the Court of Arbitration For Sport (CAS).
Hayatou, the son of a sultan from the northern city of Garoua, represented Cameroon at basketball and middle-distance running.
He is the fifth CAF president and by far the longest serving. Elections are also taking place in Morocco for four executive committee positions.
South African administrator Danny Jordaan, one of the officials credited with a successful 2010 World Cup in his country, is among the challengers for a Southern African seat.
It is a second attempt by Jordaan to get a place on CAF’s executive committee after failing in his bid at the previous elections in Sudan two years ago.