For the former president of the CAF, it is a “golden retreat” offered to him by the President of the Republic.
Paul Biya signed Wednesday a decree appointing the officials of the National Football Academy (ANAFOOT), announced since 2010. Issa Hayatou is the first chairman of the board of directors of this structure. An appointment that was immediately seen as a consolation for the man who made Cameroon shine in the highest instances of world football.
“It’s a golden retirement,” he told the national radio station, the CRTV. “You can not imagine how the Head of State challenged the African community. It is true that we are emerging from an election that I have lost, but the President of the Republic, in presenting this act today, has shown the world that Cameroon needs her son. I am proud, honored. That is why I say, to anyone who wants to hear it, that I will do everything so that the President of the Republic is not disappointed, “he added.
Taking advantage of the occasion, Issa Hayatou took the opportunity to say “once again thank you for everything“, to the Head of State of Cameroon, promising to “do everything possible so that Cameroonian football can always take flight“.
As for what he felt after the election to head the CAG last March, he explains: “I have never been sad. Even If I was elected, after the 2019 African Cup of Nations I was going to resign. If Cameroon was not approached to organize AFCON 2019, I was not even going to introduce myself. Those who are beside me know it. I’m not sad. If so, that’s how it was done. “
Issa Hayatou believes he has no competitor on his level on the continent. “In normal times, I do not see who can beat me at the level of the Confederation of African Football. But there have been external hazards which have led this meeting not to renew my mandate. I’m not sad. Even if I were, with the act that the Head of State has just asked, I can only rejoice, shout aloud, say that my country is behind me for the development of football in Cameroon , And therefore in Africa “.
In his new responsibilities, Hayatou will have to work to initiate and coach young people to the practice of high-level football, to the initial and continuing training of trainers to the theoretical teaching and the elaborate practice of football, to the development and national expertise in football related trades and collection. He should also dwell on the conservation and dissemination of documentation relating to football, basic and applied research to football-related trades.
He will have to cope with Carl Enow Ngatchou, former coach of the indomitable Lionesses, vice-champion of Africa 2016, appointed director general of ANAFOOT by the President of the Republic that same Wednesday.