Ahead of the March 16 election into the Executive Board of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the president of world football ruling body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino has been accused of dividing African Association presidents with the aim of unseating the incumbent CAF president, Isa Hayatou.
The FIFA president, who is alleged to be in a vendetta mission has backed the candidacy of the president of Madagascar FA, Ahmad Ahmad to unseat Hayatou who led the African members of FIFA to vote massively for Infantino’s opponent, Mohammad bin Hamman, during the last FIFA election.
It was gathered than Infantino is also backing the candidacy of the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick against his rival, Benin’s Anjorin Musharaf, with the support of over 20 CAF member states in what is described as a revolution by the youthful members of CAF to sack the older members of the executive board who they accused of occupying the CAF seats as monarchs.
But the President of the Football Federation of Guinea Bissau, Opes Manuel Nascimento blasted FIFA President Gianni Infantino, accusing him of dividing Africa in his efforts to avenge the roles Hayatou played during his election.
“We have the elections for the Confederation of African Football coming on March 16th and can you imagine a whole FIFA President is meeting people separately because he wants a change in Africa,” said a tough speaking Manuel during an interview at the Raddison Blue Hotel in Libreville.
Nacimento regretted that some African football leaders have accepted to be used by Infantino to decide the fate of football leadership in the continent.
He explained that because Africa openly supported Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam for FIFA’s presidency during the elections last year, Infantino thinks it is the time to revenge and ring changes in Africa.
Nascimento who said he will vote for Hayatou challenged Ahmad to withdraw his candidature.
“He has no capacity to lead CAF well enough because he lacks what it takes,” reasoned the Guinea Bissau FA President, who further explained that Hayatou’s being in CAF for long has brought about stability in the body and this even brought a World Cup in the African continent.