CAF – 2009
CAF President Issa Hayatou and the African football family are saddened by the death of Orok Oyo Orok, CAF Honorary Vice-President. The 86-year-old football leader died on 10 September in his home town of Calabar, Nigeria. Oyo was general secretary of the Nigeria Football Association from 1960 to 1974, and also served on both the CAF and FIFA Executive Committees. “Oyo was a great visionary leader and also an encyclopaedia of football, we will miss him terribly. ‘Mr Football’, as he was known locally and internationally, was a regular contributor in our meetings, with great ideas,” said Hayatou, who also described Oyo as “truly someone who dedicated his life to the service of football, locally and internationally”.
The CAF Executive Committee concluded its two-day meeting on 19 September at CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The board received a positive report on Angola’s preparations to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2010 based on a recent visit by a CAF inspection team to assess progress in the construction of football-related facilities and accommodation. The Executive Committee expressed its satisfaction with the inspection report on the hosting facilities for the African Youth Championship in Rwanda, which will be held from ISJanuaryto 1 February 2009. The Executive Committee also welcomed the report presented by the head of the CAF inspection team that recently visited Cote d’lvoire to assess the country’s readiness to host the first edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which will take place between 22 February and 8 March 2009. The number of teams participating in the CHAN final tournament will increase from eight in the first year to 16 in 2011. Sudan will host the second edition of CHAN.