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Hayatou to stand for FIFA presidency

Issa Hayatou will be competing with Switzerland's Joseph Blatter for the FIFA presidency Keystone

Cameroon's Issa Hayatou, president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), has announced his candidacy for FIFA's 2002 presidential election in May.

Hayatou will be competing for the job with the current president, Switzerland’s Joseph Blatter.

“I have decided to stand for the presidency after receiving the full backing of the CAF executive committee,” Hayatou said at a news conference in Cairo. He is currently one of seven vice-presidents in football’s governing body.

“The race is now open,” said Blatter after the announcement. “I am looking forward to a clean and democratic election duel in the spirit of fair play in the same way as football should be played.”

Blatter was let off the hook earlier in March following allegations of bribery during his 1998 presidential campaign. However, an internal audit of FIFA’s balance sheet is still pending.

“If I’m elected, I will privilege transparency,” Hayatou said in allusion to the incident. “I want to reinforce FIFA’s credibility,” he added.

According to FIFA statutes, the deadline for the submission of candidatures expires on March 28.

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