By Kiyimba Bruno

From 1988 to 2017 is when Issa Hayatou governed CAF. African football had become his empire. In the concluded elections, he was so eager that he would win. But now here comes Ahmed Ahmad. The man who has made African football leaders realize that Africa is not Hayatou’s empire.

In the election, which was held at Caf’s 39th General Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ahmad defeated Hayatou in a shock result after picking up 34 votes to the 70-year-old’s 20.

Elections over and Hayatou has to deliver his last speech.

Hayatou is spitting fire at Infantino, over what he calls FIFA interference in CAF affairs. Infantino is silent.

“I think I should drop my FIFA Vice-Presidency, as it is clear I am no longer wanted,” Hayatou angrily says. Infantino is silent.

Issa Hayatou, born on 9th of August 1946, is a Cameroonian former athlete and sports executive who served as the acting FIFA president until 26 February 2016 as the previous president, Sepp Blatter, was banned from all football-related activities in 2015 as a part of the FIFA corruption investigation of 2015.what

He was the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) between 1988 and 2017. In 2002, he ran for president of FIFA but was defeated by Blatter. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

In November 2010 he was alleged by the BBC to have taken bribes in the 1990s regarding the awarding of World Cup television rights. The IOC has announced it will investigate him.Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, Hayatou took charge of FIFA, as the acting president, until 26 February 2016 when Gianni Infantino was elected to the position. On 16 March 2017, he was defeated by Malagasy challenger Ahmad Ahmad, ending Hayatou’s 29-year reign as the CAF President.


Presidents of CAF

  • Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (1957–1958)
  • Abdel Aziz Moustafa (1958–1968)
  • Abdel Halim Muhammad (1968–1972)
  • Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972–1987)
  • Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987–1988)
  • Issa Hayatou (1988–2017)
  • Ahmad Ahmad (2017–)