NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
East Africa will back the bid of the sitting
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou
to serve his eighth straight term at the forthcoming Electoral
Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Musonye, who is the Secretary General of the regional Council of
East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa), declared
in Nairobi on Tuesday that they would back Cameroonian Hayatou,
who has been in power since 1988.
Congress has divided the continent with the incumbent, who is
also a FIFA Vice-President, facing the sternest test to his rule
from Mauritius FA head Ahmad Ahmad, who has the support of world
governing body leader, Gianni Infantino.
“We have made it
clear we will support a proven leader since we know what he has
achieved for this region for the years he has been in power. We
will not go for someone who has no record in football
development,” Musonye asserted.
He claimed as a
result of throwing their weight behind Hayatou, FIFA had
resorted to intimidate some Cecafa members by opening
disciplinary proceeding against 13 nations which make up the
Last week, FIFA
opened the opportunity for sanctions against the nations that
took part in the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
“Why now? We have
been running the Challenge Cup for decades and it’s only at this
time that FIFA have found a problem with the event. These are
the kind of things they are doing to intimidate some of our
members into voting for their preferred candidate,” Musonye
“We all agreed we
want Hayatou and that is clear,” the Cecafa boss charged.
On his part,
Football Kenya Federation President, Nick Mwendwa, stated he
would use his vote to elect a leader with the best interests of
the country’s football.
“So far nothing has
been sealed conclusively. I have been mandated to represent the
will of football stakeholders in my country which I’m committed
consider goodwill and football development ideas,” Mwendwa was
quoted on local website Citizen Digital.
The Council of
Southern African Football Associations and some of the Western
African States have already declared their support for Ahmad.