Soccer News of Friday, 15 March 2013

Source: 90 MINUTES

Odotei furious at Hayatou's re-election

Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president aspirant, Sowah Odotei is furious at the unopposed re-election of Cameroonian, Issa Hayatou to another four year term as president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Mr Odotei is adamant that the continued stay in office of the 66 year-old Hayatou who has thus earned a 7th term since taking in 1988, is a disaster for the development of the game on the continent.

“It’s a sad day for football in Africa and if we are not careful, African football will stagnate and fall behind other continents,” he added.

He continued: “The Asians and all other continents are coming up and if you retain this same moribund leadership that has not done much, the continuous decline of the competitiveness of African teams on the international stage can only get worse,” Odotei said on live radio.

The former King Faisal and Accra Hearts of Oak CEO added: “It’s not good news at all for African football. We have administrators with policies that are institutionalizing retrogression and stagnation of the game on the continent.

They have made sure that the system is unable to attract competent people who can transform the sport in Africa just because of their personal gains at the expense of lovers of Africa football.”