• Born in August 1946, in northern Cameroon town of Garoua
  • Son of the traditional ruler (Lamido) of Garoua
  • Keen sportsman
  • Athlete who competed in 1965 All-African Games for Cameroon
  • Competed in the 400metres, 800metres, and in the Cameroon basketball team
  • Studied Physical and Health Education in the University of Yaounde Cameroon
  • Became Associate Professor in the Lycee Academy, Yaounde Cameroon
  • Became General Secretary of Cameroon Football Federation in 1974
  • Became Director of Sports, Cameroon
  • Was member CAF Technical Committee
  • Became President of Cameroon Football Federation in 1985
  • Became member CAF Executive Committee in 1986
  • Elected CAF President in 1988

 

As CAF President

  • Fought for extra places for Africa in World Cup (two, when he came to office, to five at present)
  • Created a bigger Africa Cup of Nations competition (from 8 countries when he took office, to 16 at present)
  • Fought for extra seats for Africa on FIFA Executive Committee (2 when he took office, to 5 at present)
  • Created a commercial environment for club football in Africa – introducing the African Champions League, which generates into prize money for clubs taking part
  • Advocated and campaigned actively for the hosting of major global football competitions in Africa, thus securing the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Egypt (1997), FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Nigeria (1999) and FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria (2009)
  • Oversaw the campaign for, and successful realization of the dream of Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup in South Africa (2010)
  • Oversaw the award of FIFA Club World Cup competition to Morocco (2013-2015)
  • Overwhelmingly returned to office as CAF President in his 25th year in March 2013.