Roger Milla: he stretches a balance sheet for the CAF management by Hayatou
In an interview with the French daily Le Monde, the Cameroonian legend bluntly overwhelms the balance of Issa Hayatou as head of the CAF (Confederation of African Football). Roger Milla is not gentle with his fellow elected Sunday for a seventh term. Previews.
“Issa Hayatou may remain forty or fifty years. What matters to me is that African football is managed and what is the role of the CAF. And this is not the case. The CAF does not, unfortunately. You cannot organize an African Cup of Nations (CAN) and not have a look at the federations, it is not logical. Some falsify licenses, other naturalize a footballer and do play after two months whereas they have to live five years in their new country before being selected. This is what happened with Equatorial Guinea during the Afcon 2012 … This is not normal! The Brazilian, Santos waited five years before playing with Tunisia. We wanted to play it before, but we said no. We must do the same for others: no one is above the law, and when the law is written, we must respect its writing. “
What is Issa Hayatou doing to change things?
“I do not want to talk, I do not want to get into these debates (…) I do not want to talk about him, CAF, it does not interest me at all. I have a bitter and desolation feeling, because if the CAF exist, it is thanks to football. But have you ever seen an African Cup of Nations, where former players have been invited? … “
In September, CAF passed an amendment that seeks to restrict access to the presidency of the institution. To be a candidate, you must be – or have been – a member of the Executive Committee of CAF. What do you think of this? Is this not a risk to lock the system from the inside?
“Is that normal? This is unheard of! Abedi Pele wanted to participate but he was removed. Before him, there were Rachid Mekhloufi, they sent him out, Salif Keita, has been expelled. There are only “broken arms” to CAF, I’m sorry to say it. All the great players that embody the true football are all outside, we do not want to see. “
How then to be visible?
“I appeal to African states so that they cancel this kind of voting that can be seen in the CAF. They alone are capable of doing, it is they who make the CAF. If tomorrow they tell their national team not to play, CAF no longer exists, and there will be more competition. They must bring foresight, honesty in African football. Countries leave a lot of money for football: they cannot allow a few individuals to monopolize while they are part of the states and players. Current players must also understand that it is their struggle; they must take their responsibility to earn respect. For tomorrow, when they will stop their career, they will not have the opportunity to help football in their country. “