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Why Africans Voted For Blatter –Hayatou

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 at 1:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Peter Edema – Lagos


President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, has given reasons why the continent voted for FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, during the last FIFA elective congress, despite mounting corruption scandal that FIFA is enmeshed in.

However, Blatter on Tuesday gave intention to step down as FIFA boss with another elective congress that will elect his successor fixed for between December 2015 and March 2016

CAF President, Issa Hayatou

CAF President, Issa Hayatou


He said in an interview posted of CAF website that the financial support Blatter gives toward the development of the game in the continent played a major role.

He also said that honouring his promise that the continent will host the World Cup which it hosted in 2010 was another reason why the federation supported him.

“What made us to support Sepp Blatter, is that he has truly helped the African continent.

“By allocating this 2010 World Cup, by the various training courses he organised, by the various sporting facilities constructed. All of this rallied the continent to support his cause. There is nothing more, contrary to what is believed,” said Hayatou.

According to Hayatou, who had ruled the continental football since 1998, “The money FIFA gives to national associations is the same for every association, including the very rich like Germany. I am President of the finance committee, as well as of the development committee.

“ It is at the level of my committee that it all happens. The sharing is equitable. All federations across the world, big or small, have the same amount. This is what vexes them.

“They believe that more money should be given to the major federations. And Africa is very much aware of this situation. She sees her football and infrastructures develop. Consequently we support Mr. Blatter, contrary to what is said.”