Fifty-four heads of football associations in Africa would on Thursday vote which one of Issa Hayatou or Ahmad Ahmad they want to lead the continent’s football body, Confederation of African Football (Caf).
However, on the sidelines is the loud dissent being shown towards the bid by long-time President of the federation, Issa Hayatou.
This has come as a surprise to Hayatou, the Vanguard reports.
According to a source, Hayatou has no intention of seeing his term through if he wins. He intends stepping down for his deputy after his home country, Cameroon has hosted the Nations Cup in 2018.
The aide, who begged for anonymity, said “He’s shocked at the growing dissent against him. He truly means well for African football and only wanted to stay in office when his country(Cameroun) hosts the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
“He feels that that will be a befitting way to quit CAF. There is no doubt that he(Hayatou) has contributed immensely to the growth of African football. But he feels pained that many have ridiculed him asking what his achievements are”.