The African Football Confederation (CAF) yesterday held its Extraordinary General Assembly in Manama, Bahrain.
It was the first high meeting since that of 16 March 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which saw the election of Malagasy Ahmad to the presidency of the CAF in replacement of Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.
The members of the African Football Confederation were again called to the polls yesterday Monday May 8, 2017 in Manama to elect a member of the Council of FIFA. There were four candidates running. But before voting, the Tanzanian Leodegar Tenga and the Mauritian Mohamed Samie Sobha declared themselves non-starters.
Finally, Cameroon’s Zelkifli Ngoufonja, formerly responsible for the FIFA Development Programs for Africa and Egyptian Hani Abo Rida, president of the Egyptian Football Association were the only ones left. The latter, at the end of the vote, was voted with 50 votes to 4 for the Cameroonian candidate. With the election of Hani Abo Rida, the CAF increased the number of Africans on the FIFA Council to seven.
As on 16 March in Ethiopia, yesterday’s vote was attended by Gianni Infantino and Fatma Samoura, respectively president and secretary general of FIFA, all suspected of having made every effort to obtain the departure of Issa Hayatou at the head of the CAF after 29 years of reign.