CAF Presidency: Ivoirian clubs support Anouma
Jacques Anouma with the president of Issia Wazi, Mrs Ginette Ross
At a meeting of his peers, the president of AFAD de Djékanou explained the motives behind his intention to succeed Cameroonian, Issa Hayatou.
“I want to bring a new dynamic to continental football. African football has enormous potential in light of the quality of all of its sons, their talents that animate different championships throughout the world. But our different competitions do not live up to our multifaceted populations. All of this must change. And I cannot embark on such a battle without informing my peers, the presidents of the clubs of my country. We agree on this,” stated the former president of the Fédération Ivoirienne de Football.
This vision was shared by all at the Club Presidents Conference, affiliated to the Federation, who support Jacques Anouma to succeed Hayatou at the 2013 Congress in Morocco. In a press release read by the president of the conference, Salif Bictogo, also the president of Stella club d’Adjamé: “The clubs have decided to support Jacques Anouma for the position of president of CAF, as did the government of Côte d’Ivoire.”
The director called upon the national press and all of Côte d’Ivoire to accompany “the son” on his noble mission.
“We request the support of the press and all of Côte d’Ivoire, he urged. Because it is not only about an individual, but about the whole of Côte d’Ivoire.”
This unwavering support is not limited to simply expressing their faith in him, according to the president of the conference. Attended by several directors of clubs, amongst whom Ginette Ross (Issia Wazi), Adou Nangon (JCAT), Abi Richmond (Stade d’Abidjan), Francis Ouégnin (vice-president of ASEC) and Koné Cheick Oumar (Africa Sports), Salif Bictogo announced the active participation of the federal authority alongside Jacques Anouma.
For him, there is not a shadow of a doubt that the Federation will lend its support to the AFAD president. Even better, said Bictogo, “Sidy Diallo, the president of the Federation, will be Jacques Anouma’s Campaign Director in the battle that is already opposing him to Issa Hayatou.”
This statement could cause confusion amongst all those who are still expressing reservations about the intentions of the Federation, whose blessing of the Ivoirian candidate to succeed Issa Hayatou was requested.
This meeting of the former FIF president follows those he had with the Ivoirian First Minister, Ms Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou, the Minister of Sports and Leisure, Philippe Legré, and of course the President of the Federation, Augustin Sidy Diallo.