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CECAFA nations rally behind Hayatou’s CAF re-election bid

CECAFA nations rally behind Hayatou’s CAF re-election bid

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Issa Hayatou has secured a sizeable boost in his bid to secure another term as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) offered its unanimous support to his attempt.

Issa Hayatou has secured a sizeable boost in his bid to secure another term as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) offered its unanimous support to his attempt.

The decision was taken at the CECAFA congress in Uganda on Friday with the organisation giving Hayatou its backing because of his record as CAF president since 1987, particularly in the area of football development. Kenya Football Association president Sam Nyamweya also cited Hayatou’s success in attracting the 2010 FIFA World Cup to Africa, the commercial development of African football and the introduction of the African Nations Championship in 2009.

“We have decided to support Hayatou again come the elections because we think he needs another term to consolidate and finish some of the things he needs to accomplish,” said Nyamweya, according to BBC Sport.

CAF member nations in September voted to introduce a controversial measure that will permit only executive committee officials to run for the organisation’s presidency. The measure was announced at the CAF Congress in the Seychelles and looks to have put paid to 2010 World Cup chief Danny Jordaan and Jacques Anouma’s hopes of running against long-serving Hayatou at the Confederation’s general assembly in Morocco in March. Ivory Coast Football Federation president Anouma formalised his intention to run for the presidency in July, but the new CAF rule stipulates that anyone seeking the presidency must be a voting member of the CAF executive committee.