CAF's Hayatou says last term if re-elected

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 11:40 am •  Published: February 10, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Long-time Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou says it will be his last term in charge of the continent's football body if he is re-elected — as expected — next month in Morocco.

The 66-year-old Cameroonian is currently the only candidate for CAF's presidential election in Marrakech in March after he brought about rule changes that only allow current or former members of his executive committee to stand against him.

Hayatou, who has been in charge of African football for more than 25 years, appears likely to win a final term unopposed.

"If I'm elected, this will be my last term," Hayatou said in comments from a meeting on Friday and posted on the African Cup of Nations website on Sunday.

Ivory Coast's Jacques Anouma, a member of FIFA's executive committee but not CAF's, wants to stand against Hayatou and is challenging the rule changes at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. A decision is expected in the next few weeks.

Liberia's football federation already failed with an appeal to the court to prevent the rule changes, which blocked Hayatou's expected rivals from challenging him.

Hayatou, who is also a FIFA vice president and once challenged Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football, made just one unrestricted appearance for the media at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa — when he declined to comment on criticism of the rule changes at a news conference.

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