Picture : Issa Hayatou with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and IFFHS President HE Saleh Salem Bahwini at the CAF 2017

CAF General Assembly Crown Issa Hayatou Honorary President.

The  distinction which will be effectively conferred on him next January 15, 2021 was endorsed by the 42nd Ordinary General Assembly  of the Confederation of African Football, CAF holding by video-conference today, a few days following its motion by the Executive Bureau meeting chaired by interim President, Constant Omari.

The Cameroonian, Issa Hayatou, 5th President of the Confederation of African Football and the longest serving man at its helm lost to Malagasy, Ahmad Ahmad in April 2017 after 29 years in command. Since then, the ship of the body has been stuck in murky waters, bestowing untold administrative, financial and ethical shortcomings, and closing on the current 5-year ban slammed on its President by FIFA. The appointment of Issa Hayatou as CAF Honorary President is seen in many quarters as a bold step in the right direction for a body which has clearly been groping in the dark for the right modus operandi.