Opinion: Isa Hayatou and the ruse called Glo CAF Awards

by Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

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Lastly, dear Africans, without being immodest and sentimental, i declare that it is time for Isa Hayatu to quit as CAf helmsman as he has out-lived his usefulness

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), last week in Lagos, honored lovers of football and the men and women that exhibited sterling performance in the round leather game in the year 2013. It was a well attended event. It brought together the movers and shakers of the nation of Nigeria. The Political lords, business moguls, Sports Administrators, Entertainers and host of others greeted the event. The ceremony honored those that the Isa Hayatou led CAF asserted that they were distinguished personalities for their exploits for the year 2013 on Thursday, January 9 at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos.

Prior to the event, billboards, posters and flyers all battle for space around the city of Lagos, adorning messages related to the event. The award dominated the pages of newspapers and programmes both on radio and television. The event was popular in Nigeria for one reason: Chelsea FC of England and Super Eagles of Nigeria Mericular Midfielder, John Obi Mikel was amongst the three nominees for the the exalted price of the African Player of the Year. Affirmatively, Mikel’s achievements in the year 2013 place him above other nominees such as the Cote d’vorie and Manchester City FC of England Midfielder, Yaya Toure and Galatasaray of Turkey Striker, Didier Drogba.

In 2013, Mikel won the African Cup of Nations’ trophy with Nigeria, defeating Cote D’ivoire in quarter final and also winning UEFA Europa League trophy with Chelsea. Both Yaya Toure and Drogba drought-fully ends the year 2013 without winning a trophy.

Alas, CAF, to the surprise of all, announced Yaya Toure as the African Player of the Year, placing Mikel as the runner up. Most lovers of football in Nigeria were shocked by the action of CAF. The graveyard silence that greeted the announcement of Yaya Toure as the winner was a testimony to the dissatisfaction of bigwigs that graced the occasion. To many opinion shapers, CAF was partial.

Curiously, the shameful, partial and sleaze-ridden Confederation of African Football, CAF, claimed that Ivorian Didier Drogba was the 3rd African Best Player for the year 2013. Shockingly, the 3rd best African Player was not considered fit enough to be amongst the 11 African Best Players for the year 2013. Didier Drogba’s name was not mentioned by CAF amongst the line up of the 11 Finest African Players for the year 2013 that had the Nigerian Stephen Keshi as Coach.

As a Striker, Drogba, the 3rd African Best was not amongst the two strikers in the 11 African Finest Players for the year 2013. Nigerian Emenike and Burkinababe Pitopria, according to CAF, were the two best African Strikers for the year 2013. Wasn’t that a big international Shame exhibited by CAF?

Lastly, dear Africans, without being immodest and sentimental, I declare that it is time for Isa Hayatou to quit as CAF helmsman as he has out-lived his usefulness.

 

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