President of CAF and Hall of Fame member Issa Hayatou was last week decorated with one of the highest national honours in his homeland Cameroon. He was, on the orders of the country’s President Paul Biya, decorated with the honour of Commander of the Order of Valor.
The ceremony took place on Tuesday 9 April in Yaounde, and it saw the decoration carried out on behalf of the Cameroonian President by the Minister of Sport Adoum Garoua.
The Order of Valour in Cameroon is the highest honour that the country can give its citizen. It is the equivalent of a Knighthood, and was awarded to President Issa Hayatou for his contribution to the growth of African football, having served as President for the past 25 years.
Reacting to the honour, CAF President Hayatou said “I am very happy and honoured to have received this award as Commander of the Order of Valour from the government of Cameroon. It is always good when people recognise effort and reward it. It serves as an encouragement, not only for me to do even more, but also for others who would see that any good thing they do will always be remembered. I have been committed to the growth of football for so many years, knowing that football is a catalyst for youth development and progress in Africa. This Award just makes me even more determined to do more.”
The occasion was attended by some CAF Executive Committee members, members of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) and many dignitaries.