Monday, 11 March 2013

Maigari loses bid for CAF’s seat, FIFA hails Hayatou’s re-election

Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) President, Aminu Maigari’s, bid for a seat at the executive committee of CAF came to an abrupt end yesterday as Benin Republic’s Moucharaj beat him after two rounds of election. Maigari trailed Moucharaj 17 to 34 votes in the first round of election which produced no clear winner emerged.

In the second round of voting, Moucharaj got the needed 35 votes against Maigari’s 19 votes to seal victory. Meanwhile, FIFA’s President, Sepp Blatter, has hailed the re-election of Issa Hayatou as the President of the Confederation of African Football. Hayatou returned unopposed after rival, Jacques Anouma, was disqualified prior to the election. He congratulated Issa Hayatou for 25 years of CAF Presidency and re-election.
“A great and committed football leader, the head of soccer’s world governing body wrote on Twitter. Cameroon’s Hayatou was re-elected unopposed as the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday, extending his tenure in charge to almost three decades.
Hayatou used his re-election at the organisation’s congress in Marrakech in Morocco to take a swipe at rival, Jacques Anouma, who was disqualified from the contest despite several attempts to get his name on the ballot. Hayatou, last year, steered an amendment through a specially convened congress to prevent all but executive committee members from running for the Presidency, thereby excluding Anouma from the race. After a FIFA ban, Amodou Diakite returns to the CAF Exco, with 35 votes out of a possible 54

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