Addis Ababa March 14/2017 Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has arrived in Addis Ababa for the 39th regular meeting of the General Assembly.
While briefing journalists on his arrival, Issa Hayatou said, “Ethiopia, one of the founders of CAF is always in the heart of African football right from the beginning and currently its national team is coming to the CAF tournament which is also nice.”
Ethiopia is among the founders of CAF in 1957 in Khatoum, Sudan along with Egypt, South Africa and Sudan.
Regarding the efforts to increase Africa’s representation in the world cup, the President said that efforts are underway to raise the number of countries participated in the tournament to 10.
“We are striving to increase the number of countries representing Africa in the world cup whereby there are bright sides of it that efforts are still underway to let Africa have ten representative countries in the World Cup, the president added.
CAF, one of the six biggest continental confederations of FIFA, currently has 5 slots out of the 32 available since the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Issa Hayatou, 70, is seeking his eighth consecutive term as head of the body that governs African football.
The President expressed his confidence regarding the CAF presidency election saying “If I am not sure that I would win the election I would not be part of it.”
Issa Hayatou is contending with the Malagasy football president, Ahmed Mohamed for the CAF presidency.
He also pledged to provide his full support for Morocco`s request of hosting the 2026 World Cup.
The President is expected to inaugurate St. George Club`s football academy named after Yidnekachew Tessema former president of CAF.