By Duncan MackayDecember 12 - Issa Hayatou is set to extend his 25-year reign as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) unopposed after Jacques Anouma's challenge to be President was thrown out.
Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:34
The 66-year-old Cameroonian, first elected as President in 1987, will be the sole candidate for the elections in March after the CAF general secretariat controverisally ruled that Anouma was not eligible to stand.
CAF revised its election laws last September, during its General Assembly in Seychelles and now requires a Presidential aspirant to be a member of its Executive Committee to be eligible.
Anouma is not a voted Executive Committee member of CAF and only sits on it because he is a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.
The 58-year-old accountant from the Ivory Coast said he will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Last month the court threw out a complaint from the Liberia Football Federation, which requested the suspension of the recently adopted election laws.
Liberia FA President Hassan Musa Bility, who led the failed protest, has placed himself among the candidates up for election to the CAF Executive Committee - from the West B zone.
And South Africa's 2010 World Cup chief executive Danny Jordaan, who was also ruled ineligible to run for Presidency, will contest the elections to be the South zone representative on the Executive Committee.
Both men are up against the current post holders.
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