Confederation of African Football (Caf) will hold elections on Thursday and Football Kenya Federation has decided to remain silent on the issue.
The Kenyan FA boss Nick Mwendwa has told Goal that the country’s stand will only be known during the elections since the process is secret. “It is a secret ballot. People should only wait to see results after elections.”
As it stands now, Caf’s incumbent President Issa Hayatou is facing a stiff competition from Madagascar federation boss Ahmad Ahmad but only time will tell when the 54 member associations converge at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to elect the continent’s chief.
The 70-year old Hayatou is seeking to extend his stay at the helm for another term having served for 29 years while Ahmad, who is seemingly the favourite in the game, is a newbie at the stage.
He (Ahmad) has won the support of Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) and the Western African States ahead of the polls. Fifa President Gianni Infantino, though explaining that he is neutral, has also sent signals showing his support for the little-known man.
Closer home, the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) is the only organization which has reportedly backed Hayatou for his ‘track record’. They believe in development steps done by the Cameroonian with increment of the number of teams in Afcon from eight to 16, five slots for Africa at the World Cup and introduction of several new continental tournaments in their minds.