The Confederation of African Football (Caf) congress in Seychelles has voted to adopt controversial new rules that will prevent anyone outside the current executive committee from contesting the organisation’s presidency.
|Going nowhere... Caf president Issa Hayatou|
The new rules have put paid to Ivorian Jacques Anouma’s ambitions of dethroning long-serving Caf president Issa Hayatou in next year’s elections. The new rules, brought in today, also mean South Africa’s 2010 World Cup chief Danny Jordaan is also ineligible to run for the continent’s top football job.
The change of the rules was proposed by incumbent president Hayatou.
They state that anyone seeking Caf’s presidency must be a voting member of the executive committee. Critics of Hayatou say the real intention of this amendment is to stop Anouma from challenging him.
Hayatou, from Cameroon, has been Caf president since 1987. It had been rumoured that he would step down because of a poor health when his term runs out next year, but Hayatou has recently announced his intention to stand for four more years.
Anouma is one of Africa’s representatives on the Fifa executive committee. By virtue of this he sits on Caf’s executive committee as an ex-officio member.
However, although they are free to participate in all Caf’s deliberations, ex-officio members are not directly elected by Caf’s general assembly to sit on the executive committee. As such they do not have any voting rights.