By Hans Ngala, May 25, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Yaoundé – President Biya has appointed former FIFA and CAF President, Cameroonian-born Issa Hayatou Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Football Academy (NFA). The information was contained in a presidential decree read over state-run CRTV Wednesday. The institution will have as Director General, Carl Enow Ngachou, coach of Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses.
The NFA better known by its French acronym Anafoot is a public agency dedicated to promoting professional football in Cameroon. The presidential decree read on national radio stated partly that “The mission of the Academy is: the initiation and supervision of young people in the practice of high-level football; Initial and in-service training of trainers in theoretical and advanced football training, national development and expertise in football-related trades, and the collection, conservation and dissemination of football documentation, Fundamental and applied research to football-related professions”
Hayatou who was Confederation of African Football (CAF) President for nearly three decades lost elections in March this year to Malagasy-born Ahmad Ahmad when Ahmad thrashed Hayatou by 34 votes to 20, ending Hayatou’s hegemony at the helm of Africa’s largest sports organization.
The appointment has been greeted with much criticism. Cameroonians are wondering why Biya would choose to go for a man as old as Hayatou who supposed to be on retirement. “When will the young in this country have opportunities?” One man asked.