Hayatou declares candidacy for FIFA presidency

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The President of CAF, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon announced on Saturday that he was standing as a candidate for the presidency of FIFA.
Hayatou's decision to run against current FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter followed a meeting he held with members of the CAF Executive Committee.
"I have decided to stand for the presidency after receiving the full backing of the CAF executive committee, the European confederation and my friends in Asia," Hayatou told in a news conference Saturday in Cairo.
The UEFA president, Lennart Johansson, who backs Hayatou, flew specially to Cairo along with Antonio Matarrese, UEFA executive consultant, to attend the press conference and support Hayatou.
Dr Chung Mong-Joon, president of the Korean Football Association sent his vice-president, Oh Wan Kon to also support Hayatou's candidacy.
Hayatou announced that transparency would be one of his main objectives if he became president of FIFA.
The election for the FIFA presidency is scheduled for 29th May in Seoul, Korea.

16 march 2002 18:42:00

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