By Basil Afoni
After the suspension of Sepp Blatter as President of the World Football Governing Body, FIFA, for 90 days, Issa Hayatou has been installed as the Interim President.
Blatter together with UEFA President, Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke, FIFA General Secretary were provisionally suspended by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.
Hayatou was appointed in regulation with the FIFA statues, which stipulates that the most senior Vice-President will stand-in for the President of the organisation.
That position is currently held by Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
The 69-year-old Cameroonian and son of a sultan, promised to revamp FIFA and make it gain the support and trust of the public again.
“FIFA remains committed to the reform process, which is critical to reclaiming public trust. We will also continue to co-operate fully with authorities and follow the internal investigation wherever it leads,” he said.
In the midst of its worst crisis in the organisation’s 111-year history, the body’s Ethics Committee is asserting itself trying to restore credibility before the February elections for a new President.
According to the new reforms proposals, the FIFA President and members of the executive committee should serve a maximum of 12 years, three terms of four years.
Despite once running for the top job himself, Hayatou has made it clear that he won’t seek the Presidency this time around. “I will serve only on an interim basis,” he said.
Although suffering from kidney problem that requires regular dialysis sessions, CAF issued a statement after Hayatou’s appointment saying that this would not interfere with his additional duties.
CAF said in a statement: “It has never been a secret that in recent year, kidney-related problems has seen him undergone regular dialysis sessions, and the programming has always been done in harmony, with the agenda and multiple professional obligations honoured smoothly.”
Who Is Hayatou?
Born on August 9, 1946, Hayatou is a former Physical Education teacher and also a 400m and 800m champion in Cameroon.
He first became the General Secretary of the Cameroon Football Federation in 1974, at the age of 28; became FECAFOOT President in 1985 then the CAF President three years later.
In 1990, he joined FIFA’s executive committee. In 2002, he gunned for the FIFA Presidency, but was defeated by Blatter. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, IOC.
Hayatou was implicated in the scandal of FIFA executive committee members, including the former President João Havelange, being exposed for receiving bribes from the marketing company ISL before its 2001 collapse.
The BBC’s Panorama programme in 2010 alleged a list of ISL payments showed Hayatou received FCFA 100,000. He admitted receiving money, but said it was not a corrupt payment, but a gift for his Confederation and that he used the cash for CAF to celebrate its anniversary.
From 1973-1974; Coordinator-Professor at the Lycée Leclerc in Yaounde, Cameroon.
From 1974 -1983, General Secretary of the Cameroon Football Federation.
From 1982- 1986, Director of Sports of Cameroon (Ministry of Youth and Sports)
From 1985-1988, President of the Cameroon Football Federation.
In 1986, Member of the Cameroon Football Federation Executive Committee.
From 1988, till date, President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
In 1990, Member of the FIFA Executive Committee
In 1992- till date, FIFA Vice-President; President of the Organising Committee of the Football Olympic Tournaments of FIFA, Vice-President of FIFA Committee for Security and Fair-Play; Member of the World Cup Organising Committee.
In 1997, Member of the Women and Sport Committee of the International Olympic Committee; Head of the Cameroonian sports delegations on several sporting occasions.
In 2001, elected member of the International Olympic Committee during the Moscow session