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Nigeria’s ex-International counsels CAF on tenure

Nigeria’s ex-international Adokiye Amiesimaka on Friday urged the new executive of the African Football Confederation (CAF) to address the tenure of officials to prevent staying in office for too long.Amiesimaka said that the 29-year reign of Issa Hayatou as CAF President before he was defeated on Thursday was not “too good for football development”.

 Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad defeated Hayatou of Cameroon 34 to 20 votes to emerge the new CAF President at the organisation’s elections in Addis Ababa.

The election was witnessed by the FIFA President and Secretary-General, Gianni Infantino and Fatma Samoura respectively.

The election was part of the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly declared opened by President Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia.

Amiesimaka said that “it was wrong for CAF and FIFA elected officials to stay in office for a whole lifetime.

“In my opinion, when people stay for too long in office they become stale.

“I think CAF should come up with a tenure timeframe for every office. The same goes for FIFA offices because one cannot just stay in office forever; it’s not good enough.

“I don’t think Hayatou has anything new to offer, thanks to the change, I wish the new man there Ahmad the very best,” he said.

Amiesimaka said that he hoped the new CAF President had a plan of action that would benefit African football, though his country might not be a football super power in the continent.

Ahmad becomes CAF’s seventh president after Hayatou, who assumed office in 1988 till 2017.

The other Presidents are Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (1957-1958), Abdel Aziz Moustafa (1958-1968), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1968-1972), Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987) and Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987-1988).

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