CAIRO, 15 January 2021 – The Confederaiton of African Football (CAF) is set to honor its former and longestserving president, Issa Hayatou, at an event Friday in his native Cameroon.
The 74-year-old Hayatou will be designated President Emeritus of CAF.
“This honor salutes his immense role in the development of African football,” CAF said in a statement Thursday.
The Cameroonian-born ex-CAF Presodemt led CAF for nearly 30 years, from 1988 to 2017.
When he was ousted in March 2017, his successors at the continental footaball organization decided he did not deserve a pension.
In July 2017 during the CAF General Assembly held in Morocco, CAF administrators decided that he did not deserve to receive a pension.
His successors argued Hayatou did not deserve a pension because during his service at CAF, he did not contribute to one.
At the ceremony Friday in Yaounde, Hayatou will see his pension – an annual $80,000 – restituted after being reduced to “Zero Dollar” during the 2017 General Assembly in Morocco.
Other members of the executive team that had worked with Hayatou also found themselves without a pension.
Hayatou was named honorary vice-president of FIFA in 2017.