The President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Issa Hayatou has been appointed on an interim basis as the acting President of the World football governing Body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
The 69 old Camerounian was appointed following the 90 days suspension of the FIFA former president, Sepp Blatter and UEFA president, Michel Platini by FIFA’s ethics committee over allegation of corruption..
Hayatou who before his appointment was the president of CAF and senior vice president of FIFA will now serve as acting FIFA president for the next three months
It would be recalled that Hayatou was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee in 2011 over bribery allegations and was also accused in 2010 by the BBC’s Panorama of receiving bribes for World Cup TV rights during the 1990s.
He has been the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1988. In 2002, he ran for president of FIFA but was defeated by Blatter. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Hayatou was born in 9 August 1946 in Garoua, Cameroun; he was a former athlete and sports executive.
He is the fifth president of the Confederation of African Football. He is the son of a local Sultan, and became a middle distance runner and physical education teacher.
Hayatou had a successful career as an athlete, becoming a member of the Cameroonian national squads in both Basketball and Athletics, and holding national record times in the 400 and 800-meter running.
He is married with four children. The Hayatou family are traditional holders of the sultanate (Lamidat, from the Sokoto Caliphate’s traditional Fula title Lamine) of Garoua.
Hayatou was son of the reigning sultan, and many relatives have acceded to powerful positions in Cameroonian society. Most notable is Issa’s brother Sadou Hayatou, a former Prime Minister of Cameroon and longtime high official under Cameroon president Paul Biya, who is among those tapped to succeed him in the future. The Hayatou family continue to wield much political influence in northern Cameroon.
In 1974, aged just 28, he became Secretary General of the Cameroon Football Association, and Chair of the FA in 1986. As chair, he was chosen the same year to sit on the CAF Executive Committee. Following the retirement of Ethiopia’s Ydnekatchew Tessema from the CAF presidency in August 1987, Hayatou was elected as the fifth president in the body’s history.