Musa Bility calls for change in CAF elections

Musa Bility calls for change in CAF elections

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Mar 15, 2017. 12:30

As the Confederation of African Football braces itself for the presidential elections, Liberian Football Association's boss Musa Bility has called for change.

Bility spoke to the BBC website, saying it is high time the organisation introduced a new regime to lead CAF.

CAF is set to stage a tightly contested poll on Thursday in Ethiopia to choose a new president and for the first time since president Issa Hayatou came to power in 1988, the longest serving boss faces a serious challenge.

The Cameroonian has won twice, against defeated Angola's Armando Machado in 2000 (by 47 votes to 4) and Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana in 2004 (46-6).


However, this year he faces Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, and many believe he could change the status quo.

"The reality is that football has come to be more active, more democratic, more involving - and we have to do that,” said Bility to the BBC.

"We have to follow the path of the rest of the world, as Africa cannot afford to be left behind. I believe that Africa is ready for change.

“This is the first time in the history of (Hayatou's) CAF that there is a real and possible challenge to the leadership."

Moreover, Bility believes time is up for veteran Hayatou and that a new leader should steer African football into the future.

"He's (Ahmad) presented a programme to all 54 countries - I've never seen this before," added Bility.

"Normally, we go to elections and there are no promises. There is nothing to hold the president against. This time around, we have a guy who is running on something we can hold him to.

"The other candidate (Hayatou) does not care to give a programme. He just goes through election after election, acclamation after acclamation.

“There is no promise made to us, therefore there are no obligations nor broken promises. This is what we need to change."

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