African boost for Hayatou in presidency bid
This post was created on March 21, 2002.
Johannesburg – The 10 members of the 11-nation Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) eligible to vote in May’s FIFA Congress, will back Hayatou’s campaign to become the first African FIFA president.
CECAFA general secretary Nicholas Musonye said the regional body would seek to present a united front at the elections at the FIFA Congress in Seoul on May 29.
Hayatou, the 55-year-old president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), announced last Saturday that he would be challenging Blatter for the leadership of world football’s governing body. CECAFA broke ranks with Hayatou four years ago when CAF sought to present a united African vote behind UEFA president Lennart Johansson who stood against Blatter.
Blatter won the election by 111-80 votes after many African votes seemingly pledged for Johansson through Hayatou switched sides at a very late stage of the campaign.
The regional body, based in Nairobi, is now controlled by CAF vice-president Farah Addo of Somalia, a staunch Hayatou loyalist. It was Addo who last month gave details of alleged vote buying by Blatter’s supporters during his successful election campaign in 1998. Blatter has always denied any wrong-doing.
CECAFA’S 11 member countries are Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar. Zanzibar is not a FIFA member and will not be represented at the Congress. – Mark Gleeson, Reuters