Does the end of Hayatou also spell the end for Lagardère and its $1bn rights package?

Lagardere and CAF signing

By Paul Nicholson

March 16 – With Issa Hayatou no longer president of the Confederation of African Football and the future of CAF general secretary Hicham El Amrani uncertain under the incoming presidency, there is also a question over whether the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) and Presentation Sports will continue with their complaint against CAF over the award of a 12-year marketing rights package to Lagardère Sports for $1 billion.

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CAF to double World Cup slots and keep AFCON’s January date

CAF HQ

March 16 – Ahead of the election that ended his 28 years as Confederation of African Football president, Issa Hayatou today dismissed any possibility of changing the timing of the African Nations Cup, the Continent’s showpiece event, amid calls for it to be rescheduled to accommodate European clubs who lose their African players midway through the season.

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Bility admits on radio to taking the $50,000 Ebola awareness cash sent by FIFA to the LFA

Musa Bility 3

By Paul Nicholson

March 14 – Liberian FA (LFA) president Musa Bility appeared to admit on Liberian radio at the weekend that in 2015 he took $50,000 from FIFA meant to go towards humanitarian aid during the Ebola crisis. The money was distributed to his own executive committee members while he retained $35,000. Bility is accused of multiple acts of corruption by a former LFA executive committee member and other stakeholders in Liberian football. 

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Egypt puts its muscle behind Ahmad with its Courts getting in on the action

CAF logo

By Staff Writers

March 13 – The final week of the African Football Confederation (CAF)’s Presidential election campaign is off to an explosive start, with CAF obliged to rebut what it says are unsubstantiated charges and allegations that have led to Issa Hayatou being referred to the Egyptian Economic Court within days of Thursday’s vote pitting him against challenger Ahmad Ahmad.

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