Issa Hayatou

Issa Hayatou

CAF President and Hall of Famer Issa Hayatou has had a hectic schedule in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia lately. Having arrived there on the 10th September, he has chaired so many meetings aimed at promoting development and consolidation of his successes at the helm of affairs of African football.

The President has received many delegations who have come to pay homage to him. But he has also been paying courtesy on the leaders of the Ethiopian nation. In a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Dessalegn, Hall of Famer Hayatou spoke of his genuine love for the football culture in Ethiopia and his recognition of the part the country played in the establishment of organised football in Africa in 1957.

Prime Minister Dessalegn used the opportunity to reiterate his government’s support for the Ethiopian Federation’s bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, stating that he believes that the country has what it takes to host such a mammoth event. HoF Hayatou, on the other hand stated that he had no doubt in the ability of Ethiopian people to rise up to the event, and assured that he had no reservations for the competition to be held in Ethiopia as long as the bid satisfied laid down regulations.

Later in the week, CAF was to renew its association with the group United Against Malaria, as part of its continued drive to combat social ills that are affecting the continent.

The event of the Annual Committee meetings are being hosted at the headquarters of the African Union between 12 and 20 September.