Confederation of African Football president (CAF) Issa Hayatou is likely to be named FIFA stand-in president as Sepp Blatter’s reign as the World football governing body’s chief could soon be over after the organization’s ethics committee reportedly recommended a 90-day provisional suspension for the Swiss.
The Independent reports that Hayatou who is a long-standing senior FIFA vice-president will replace Blatter until the next presidential election to be held next year. Hayatou has also been linked to corruption in the recent past.
The 69-year old Cameroonian in 1974 at just 28-years-old assumed the role of Secretary General at the Cameroon Football Association and thirteen years later, he became president of the CAF, a role he continues to fill to this day.
Hayatou whose adminsitration has overseen the rise of African places at the World Cup finals from two to five, with impressive tournament performances from Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana and Algeria boosting the continent’s profile recently changed the confederation’s statutes which oblige executives to step down once they reach 70. He claimed this was done in order to “bring the policy into line with Fifa’s”.
The long serving CAF chief who vied with Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2002 but lost was central to South Africa’s staging of the World Cup in 2010, presiding over both the bid and the organizing committee.