Hayatou to face stiff competition
A few days after his name being in a bribery scandal by BBC’s Panorama, Issa Hayatou (in photo) will have to face a stiff competition if he will retain his position as Confederation of Africa Football president.
The chief of the just concluded World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordaan in a disclosure to journalist in Rwanda’s Daily Times has said he is ready to compete with the Cameroonian for the CAF top seat.
Jordaan who was part of South Africa’s delegation that graced the two-day Cecafa congress at the weekend, is challenging Issa Hayatou for CAF’s top seat (president).
Hayatou took hold of the joystick following the retirement of Ydnekatchew Tessema of Ethiopia. And now with the entire allegation behind him it looked like his position is up for grabs.
Jordaan is confident after his perfect role as CEO for the organising committee for 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa, but he knows Hayatou well and is not ruling out Hayatou who has been on the CAF seat since 1987.
Cecafa chairman Leodegar Tenga and former Ferwafa vice president Celestin Musabyimana will also contest for one of CAF’s executive seats.
Meanwhile, Hayatou who is under siege has denied claims from Panorama and this is what he has to say, Mr Hayatou, vice-president of football governing body Fifa, said money that the BBC’s Panorama alleged was a bribe was in fact paid to the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that will open an ethics investigation into the CAF president over allegations that he took kickbacks from Fifa’s former marketing agency, though Fifa has dismissed the allegation.
The IOC said today it will ask the BBC to pass on evidence against the Fifa vice president that were broadcast Monday night in a programme on alleged corruption in soccer’s governing body.
Hayatou, the Cameroonian president of Africa’s soccer confederation, has been an IOC member since 2001.
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