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December 1, 2008 | Cup of Nations

Hayatou to remain Caf president

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Hayatou to remain Caf president


Cameroonian Issa Hayatou will be re-elected president of the African Football Confederation (Caf) next year, after standing unopposed.

No other nominations were received for Hayatou's post, a Caf statement confirmed.

The 62-year-old will be officially confirmed in the job for another four years at Caf's Congress in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2009.

Hayatou has been in charge of the Cairo-based organisation since 1988 and has built up a powerful support base.

The former athlete challenged Sepp Blatter for the presidency of Fifa six years ago, but suffered a hefty defeat.

During his 20 years in charge to date he has overseen the expansion of the Africa Cup of Nations from eight teams to 16 and the introduction of prize money to the Champions League and Confederation Cup.

However, his critics say he has not done enough to tackle cheating in age-limit competitions and allegations of referee bribery.

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