Africa: Presidents Hayatou and Blatter First Inductees Into the African Hall of Fame
The African Football Hall of Fame was launched on 10 March 2013 at the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football, in Marrakech, Morocco and CAF President Issa Hayatou become the first inductee with FIFA President Sepp Blatter the other inductee.
The Hall of Fame, designed by CAF, is aimed at recognising and keeping a place in history, the exploits of the people who have, and still are working towards portraying football on the continent in a positive way. The Launch was carried out by the President of CAF, in the presence of the entire delegates of the General Assembly, and also with dignitaries present, like the FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, UEFA President among others.
Commenting on the concept, CAF General Secretary Hicham El-Amrani said “There is no other way to celebrate the success of African stars and this initiative was just too good to allow to pass”.
The CAF General Secretary explained that the Executive Committee approved the setting up of the Hall of Fame with a view to making sure that the “names and exploits of players, officials and administrators who have made Africa proud over the years, will remain in history”.
Mr El-Amrani also explained that the process of nomination into the Hall of Fame will be two-fold, with a Hall of Fame Committee to be set up by CAF to look at the nomination and selection process, which in turn, will be ratified by the CAF Executive Committee.The Director of the Hall of Fame is Ayotunde Adelakun, and he will be overseeing the day-to-day running of the project and its activities.
I thought it typical of the rulers of African football that the first inductees in a Hall of Fame turn out to be administrators and not footballers!!!