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Issa Hayatou

Issa Hayatou
6th President of CAF
Assumed office
10 March 1988
Preceded by Abdel Halim Mohammad
Personal details
Born

(1946-08-09) 9 August 1946


Garoua, French Cameroons
Nationality Cameroonian
Occupation Sportsperson (retired)
Football administrator

Issa Hayatou (born 9 August 1946) is a Cameroonian former athlete and sports executive. He is serving as the acting FIFA president while the current president, Sepp Blatter is suspended pending a corruption investigation.[1] 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).

In November 2010 he was alleged by the BBC to have taken bribes in the 1990s regarding the awarding of World Cup television rights. The IOC has announced it will investigate him.[2]

Life and career

Hayatou is the fifth president of the Confederation of African Football. He was born in Garoua, Cameroon, 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] The Hayatou family continue to wield much political influence in northern Cameroon.[6]

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.[7]

Growth of the CAF

President of CAF for over two decades, Hayatou has overseen particularly successful [7][8]

Relations with UEFA and FIFA

One of the major aims of Hayatou's presidency in the late 1990s was to provide incentives to African football clubs which would stem the flow of African players to Europe; an initiative which met with little success.[9] Hayatou has couched some criticism of the uneven flow of football 'resources' in colonial terms, saying that "rich countries import the raw material – talent – and often send their less valuable technicians", an implied criticism of foreign coaching staffs that employed by most African national sides.[10] A September 1997 initiative negotiated by Hayatou with Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA in 2002.[11][12] Blatter, supported by the American and Asian confederations, handily defeated Hayatou 56 votes to Blatter's 139.[13]

Corruption allegations

In November 2010 [2]

In May 2011, The Sunday Times published claims from a whistle-blower that Hayatou had, along with fellow Executive Committee member Jacques Anouma, accepted $1.5 million bribes from Qatar to secure his support for their bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[16]

2010 Togo suspension

Just days before the end of the 2010 African Cup in Angola, Issa Hayatou found himself in the middle of a controversy after the CAF's suspension of Togo national football team from the next two African Cup of Nations. Hayatou charged the Togolese government with interference in the Togolese Football Association's affairs when the team withdrew from the 2010 cup prior to its start. The Togolese team was victim of an 8 January 2010 armed attack while travelling to Angola by bus prior to the start of the Cup, resulting in two deaths in the Togo delegation. Togolese captain Emmanuel Adebayor[17] and Togo coach Hubert Velud strongly criticised Hayatou in particular for the CAF decision, calling on him to resign from the CAF presidency.[18]

Olympic committee confusion

On 21 September 2011 it was announced that FIFA had appointed Hayatou President of FIFA's Olympic committee and approved his role as chairman of the Goal Bureau. Hayatou had previously headed FIFA's Olympic committee from 1992 to 2006. At the time of his appointment, Hayatou was still under investigation for alleged bribery.[19] It was later denied by FIFA that Hayatou had been appointed President of the Olympic committee, his apparent appointment was described as "a technical error".[20]

Sports career

  • 1964 – 1971 Champion at the 400m and 800m; member of the Cameroon national basketball team; football player at the university level.
  • 1965 Member of the Cameroon national basketball team on the occasion of the first All Africa Games in Brazzaville.

Administrative career

  • 1973 – 1974 Coordinator-Professor at the Lycée Leclerc (Yaoundé)
  • 1974 – 1983 General Secretary of the Cameroon Football Association
  • 1982 – 1986 Director of Sports of Cameroon (Ministry of Youth and Sports)
  • 1985 – 1988 President of the Cameroon Football Association
  • 1986 Member of the Cameroon Football Association Executive Committee
  • 1988 – today President of the Confederation of African Football
  • 1990 Member of the FIFA Executive Committee
  • 1992 – today FIFA Vice-President; President of the Organising committee of the Football Olympic Tournaments of FIFA (till 2006); Vice-President of FIFA Committee for Security and Fair-Play; Member of the World Cup Organising Committee
  • 1997 Member of the Women and Sport Committee of the International Olympic Committee; Head of the Cameroonian sports delegations on several sporting occasions
  • 2001 Elected member of the International Olympic Committee during the Moscow session

Awards

On 3 November 2007, Hayatou was awarded an honorary degree from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria.[21]

References


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function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

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-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

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%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

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-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


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%s
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end

return p
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  2. ^ a b England's 2018 hopes rise as Vladimir Putin hints he will not turn up, Guardian
  3. ^ Issa Hayatou: Les 50 personnalités qui font le Cameroun. Jeune Afrique 28 April 2009
  4. ^ Ketil Fred Hansen The Politics of Personal Relations: Beyond Neopatrimonial Practices in Northern Cameroon. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, Vol. 73, No. 2 (2003), pp. 202–225
  5. ^ Ces trois barons du nord... LA LETTRE DU CONTINENT N°360, 21 September 2000.
  6. ^ Marafa Hamidou Yaya: Un pétrolier dans les arcanes du pouvoir. Mohamadou HOUMFA, Journal du Cameroun. 25 November 2009.
  7. ^ a b c Hayatou's actions in developing African football. Tiego Tiemtore. PANA Press. 2006.
  8. ^ Issa Hayatou : Mes 20 ans à la Caf. Missi Bikoun, Mutations (Youande), 10 March 2008.
  9. ^ Paul Darby, Gerard Akindes, Matthew Kirwin Football Academies and the Migration of African Football Labor to Europe. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Vol. 31, No. 2, 143–161 (2007)
  10. ^ A Desai, G Vahed.World Cup 2010: Africa's turn or the turn on Africa? Soccer & Society, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2010 , pages 154 – 167.
  11. ^ John Sugdun, Alan Tominson, Paul Darby. FIFA versus UEFA in the struggle for the control of world football. Pp. 11–31 in Adam Brown (ed) Fanatics!: power, identity, and fandom in football. Taylor & Francis, 1998 ISBN 978-0-415-18104-4 pp. 22–27.
  12. ^ Paul Darby. Africa, the FIFA Presidency, and the Governance of World Football: 1974, 1998, and 2002. Africa Today – Volume 50, Number 1, Spring 2003, pp. 3–24
  13. ^ Alan Tomlinson. Lord, Don't Stop the Carnival: Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Vol. 31, No. 3, 259–282 (2007)
  14. ^ a b Panorama: Three Fifa World Cup officials took bribes, BBC
  15. ^ Fifa chief Issa Hayatou denies bribery claims, BBC
  16. ^
  17. ^ Sack Issa Hayatou – Adebayor. BBC/Peace FM (Accra). 1 February 2010.
  18. ^ Togo Coach: Issa Hayatou Doesn’t Deserve To Head CAF. Rami Ayari, Goal. 3 February 2010.
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External links

  • Issa Hayatou Biography. African Success Database.
  • Issa Hayatou Biography. FIFA.
  • Issa Hayatou re-elected as CAF President. FIFA. 20 January 2000.


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