17 September 2012

Africa: Liberia Taken Aback On CAF Decision

The head of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility is taken aback for the first time on a decision taken at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Congress in Seychelles.

At the CAF extraordinary Congress in Seychelles recently, the President of the Algerian Football Federation [FAF] Mohamed Raouraoua tabled a proposal intended to limit the entry for the presidency of the CAF to current or former members of the Executive Committee.

But Mr. Bility frowned on such decision and referred to it as a cleaver attend to keep long-serving CAF boss and incumbent Hayatou in office, adding "Liberia is against the decision and will support it at no time."

The proposal received strong majority support from member countries of the 51 nations represented at the 8th CAF General Assembly with 44 voting for and six against.

The six nations believed that the amendment is intended to put an end to the hope of Ivory Coast FA former president Jacques Anouma and South Africa's 2010 World Cup chief Danny Jordaan.

Anouma is one of Issa Hayatou's top challengers and critics of the amendment say the Cameroonian is behind the idea to kick the Ivorian out of the race.

Anouma is a member of the FIFA executive committee which qualifies him to be an ex-officio member of CAF's Executive Committee without voting rights, although he can participate in all the talks.

The new law says "All candidates for election to the presidency of CAF, in addition to necessary capability, must be or have been a member of the Executive Committee of CAF."

Though the Liberian football president has been in series of controversy since taking over the football house in March 2010, but many may see his argument as logical due to the fact that current CAF boss doesn't not want to relinquish power to anyone after 23 years of the continent football presidency .

It can be recalled that Mr. Bility was at the forefront of campaigning against incumbent president of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Joseph Sepp Blatter to extend his reign at FIFA. This made the LFA boss the only African FA president to take such decision.

Issa Hayatou and CAF:

Mr. Issa Hayatou was born August 9, 1946 in Cameroon and was elected as president of CAF on March 10, 1988, 1973 - 1974 Coordinator-Professor at the Lycée LECLERC (YAOUNDE), 1974 - 1983 General Secretary of the Cameroon Football Association, 1982 - 1986 Director of Sports of Cameroon (Ministry of Youth and Sports), 1985 - 1988 President of the Cameroon Football Association, 1986 Member of the CAF Executive Committee and 1988 - present President of CAF.

Other positions he's occupied includes, Member FIFA Executive Committee1990, 1992 - today FIFA Vice-President; President of the Organizing committee of the Football Olympic Tournaments of FIFA; Vice-President of FIFA Committee for Security and Fair-Play; Member of the World Cup Organizing Committee, 1997 Member of the Women and Sport Committee of the International Olympic Committee; Head of the Cameroonian sports delegations on several sporting occasions and 2001 Elected member of the International Olympic Committee during the Moscow session

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