The Confederation of African Football’s General Assembly has backed President Issa Hayatou’s desire to serve another four years.Last month, the Cameroonian informed the Executive Committee of his wish for one last term.
At a CAF Congress held this Friday in Libreville, Gabon, the General Assembly backed Hayatou by proclamation, with many delegates saying they will back him next year.
Hayatou has led African football’s governing body since 1988.
With so many delegates from the continental body’s 53 member countries backing calls to keep Hayatou in office until 2017, next year’s CAF congress in South Africa is set to be a coronation rather than an election.
Despite several allegations which have swirled around the 66-year-old former middle distance runner over the years, he retains rock-solid support in the continent.
During his time in office, the Cameroonian has overseen the expansion of the Africa Cup of Nations from an eight-team final to today’s 16-team format – with the tournament widely covered around the world.
However, Southern African nations have always voiced concern over the preferential treatment given to countries from North and West Africa, especially when it comes to hosting AFCON finals.