Ivory Coast government backs Anouma as his CAF presidential campaign gathers pace

December 10 – Former FIFA executive committee member Jacques Anouma has received the backing of his Ivory Coast government in his bid to become the next leader of African football.

With present incumbent Ahmad Ahmad banned by FIFA pending his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Anouma is one of four contenders to take over as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at next March’s presential election in Morocco.

In a statement an Ivory coast government spokesman said state support would be provided “for the candidacy of our compatriot” and that the country “has endorsed the ambition” of Anouma.

Anouma, like all the other candidates, first has to pass FIFA integrity test.

Local reports have revealed he has already been promised the backing of  Niger, Benin, Togo and Kenya in what promises to be a hard-fought contest.

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