Abedi wants Hayatou out
Ghanaian all time best, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew (in photo), has called on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Cameroonian Issa Hayatou to quit his post and make way for younger football stakeholders that will take the affairs of Africa’s football to a higher level.
Two years ago Abedi Pele supported Hayatou’s re-election, but was beside the FIFA boss Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency in 2002. Today Sierra Express Media understands Abedi had issued a sarcastic scold against the CAF boss accusing him of hijacking CAF.
Abedi 47, who was named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004 has queried the way CAF’s sponsorship money is used, insisting it is worthless winning the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Abedi talking to Africa Watch Magazine said “If you are old, 65 or 70, pave the way for the young ones who have fresh ideas to better manage the game,”
The CAF boss will turn 65 in August and has played his part in the continent’s top game for 23 years, however the legend says they must not be allowed to “hijack the game in Africa and think that it’s their own”.
The three time African best also noted the Africa Cup of Nations is now worthless due to the fact there is no prize money attached to the winning nation in Africa.
“Why the most you win is an empty trophy, players are desperate to win it but there is nothing to show for it. What is CAF using our sponsorship monies for?” he asked.
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