According to journalist Abel Mbenguè, Communication Director and spokesperson for CoCAN, obvious, current, legal and national sovereignty elements play for the effective presence of Issa Hayatou at the opening of the CAN. Here is why, despite everything, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou will indeed be at the stadium on January 9, 2022.
The former permanent president of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fécafoot) and of the African Football Confederation (CAF) will therefore be present during the opening match in Olembé and at the various matches that he likes to see during this Cup. Africa Nations Football. The 33rd edition of this great African sports mass which will be held from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in Cameroon.
Cameroonians refuse that the biggest party in African football and one of the biggest in the world takes place in their country without their worthy compatriot. Cameroonian Issa Hayatou made African football what it is today of glorious, prestigious, respectable and feared by other confederations of the world. Whether in the field of global football geopolitics or the quality of the game and infrastructure. We saw in particular the blackmail of the European Association of Football Clubs (ECA) refusing to release their international players so as not to lose the level and quality of their show, supported in this by the FIFA of Gianni Infantino who in addition to this supports an unthinkable new slide of the CAN. Worse, a humiliating relocation to Qatar… In Asia!
The Signature of Issa Hayatou
The ex-president of the African Football Confederation finds himself in the middle of a contract signing affair which currently engages CAF and some of its sponsors and partners. He is criticized in particular for having signed this contract “unilaterally”. His suspension from all sports activities organized by CAF fell in August 2021.
In its development on the show Press scene from Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), the Cameroonian National Television, Abel Mbenguè puts the ball in the center. To date, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has not yet said anything about the appeal lodged by Issa Hayatou against his suspension by CAF. Sports journalist Abel Mbenguè, Communication Director and CoCAN spokesperson goes further: “ I know that this contract has been validated, accepted by all the members of the Executive Committee of the African Football Confederation. « One of the revelations of the journalist who worked for a long time with Issa Hayatou from Fécafoot to CAF shows that there could be a manhunt on the part of those who no longer wanted him at the head of the umbrella body of African football. And here appears the incongruity of the accusations
In this contract, he recalls, “To situate yourself … Lagardère Sports is in the package, Total is in the package, Total the title sponsor of the CAN is in the Lagardère Package. So how can we sanction a person for having signed a contract but maintain one part of the contract and the other not? »
Incongruity and possibilities
In other words, either the contract falls out of the responsibility of CAF and Issa Hayatou is solely responsible for its signature, or both parties come back into the game. However, we see here that Issa Hayatou is excluded while Total Energies is indeed the sponsor of CAN 2021, 2023, and other CAF competitions such as the Women’s CAN and the upcoming Champions League. As a reminder of what the Cameroonian authorities think, Abel Mbenguè recalls that the President of CoCAN, the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Mouelle Kombi, spoke on the subject when the sanction fell to the August. « The appeal is suspensive », he declared and that consequently, Mr. Issa Hayatou remains his Special Advisor.
Abel Mbenguè, however, did not fail to reassure Cameroonians on the strong chances of seeing Issa Hayatou in the official’s platform for this CAN on Cameroonian soil. » To date, Issa Hayatou remains and remains honorary president of the African Football Confederation, except to be denied. To date, Hayatou remains Honorary Vice-President of FIFA, except to be denied. To date, Hayatou remains and remains Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)… No, No, no, Hayatou is a stakeholder in this CAN and he is Special Advisor to the President of CoCAN, to date. »