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Etim Esin: Time Up For Hayatou As CAF President

Etim Esin: Time Up For Hayatou As CAF President

 

 

By James Agberebi:

 

Former Nigeria international Etim Esin says it is about time Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou stepped down, Completesportsnigeria.com reports..

 

Hayatou, 70, will go head-to-head with Madagascar's Football Federation president, 57-year-old Ahmad Ahmad, for the position of CAF president in Thursday's election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

Hayatou has been president of CAF since 1988, spending 29 years at the helm, and is seeking an eighth term.

 

 

"Can't someone who played football to the highest level take over CAF?" Outspoken former Super Eagles star midfielder Esin told Completesportsnigeria.com on Tuesday. 

 

"Where is Abedi Pele? Where is Segun Odegbami? Where are all the African football greats?

 

"Hayatou has been there since 1988 so it is about time he let go.

 

"For me, Ahmad is not even the right candidate to face Hayatou. I would have expected legends of African football to come and contest for the position, that would have put pressure on Hayatou."

 

Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick is also contesting for a seat on the powerful CAF executive committee. 

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