Text of Issa Hayaout’s speech before the CAF Elections

In a couple of hours, Africa will be electing a new Confederation of Africa Football President, a position incumbent Issa Hayatou is also vying against Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad.

Hayatou, has been in charge for nearly three decades, and has often been re-elected unopposed, but this time it appears the election would be a different ball game. Voting has just commenced, but here are the words of Issa Hayatou at the General Assembly prior to the elections proper.

 Issa Hayatou addresses the attendees 

  • Hayatou: African football is developing at great rates, and we strive for more on all levels

  •  Hayatou: Results of the African youth confirms the dominance and superiority of the continent which must be continued
  •  Hayatou: We must increase the number of African teams in tournaments. Our results confirm that we deserve it
  •  Hayatou: We have supported club competitions which reached great heights, and we organize the CHAN to support the local scene
  • Hayatou: The future of African football must be decided by Africans

  • Hayatou: although we have 54 member associations, there are now only 2 offices

  • Hayatou: The funds allocated to dev’t projects are the same for all the member associations of FIFA, regardless of the continent


  • Hayatou: We have had no explanation on why reduced their offices in Africa
  • With your support, you members, we are sure of attaining this goal would be a commensurate expectation considering the level of development of our football, and what our continent represent within FIFA.
  •  Today we have good reasons to imagine that, in a World Cup format enlarged to 48, ten representatives for Africa 1/3

To us this means having an AFCON that is played every two years, at a climatically convenient time, in a format that makes. In a format that makes it possible for many countries to vy for its organisation. I urge African leaders to never sway from the path traced by the pioneers of the pan-African movement,whose memory I pay homage to.”

Source: @Cafonline via Twitter.