Irenio: I will quit football if Hayatou loses

Irenio: I will quit football if Hayatou loses
Gianni Infantino, President of Federation Internationale of Football Association and Issa Hayatou CAF President

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 12:30

Guinea Bissau Football Federation boss Manuel Nascimento Irenio says he will quit football should the Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou loses the election on Thursday.

CAF is set to hold a highly anticipated election on Thursday in Ethiopia and Hayatou has the backing of the Guinea-Bissau boss.

According to the BBC website, Irenio said there is no better leader when it comes to African football than the Cameroonian.

Having been in office since 1988, Hayatou faces Madagascan FA boss Ahmad Ahmad in the vote in Addis Ababa.


Meanwhile, Irenio joins Comoros FA in publicly backing Hayatou, with other FAs preferring to keep their vote a secret.

In 2016, Irenio led his country to their first ever CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament as they reached the tournament in Gabon this year.

"Because I can guarantee there will only be a daily jumble in the institution (if Ahmad wins)," he told BBC Sport.

"There is no one among us who can lead CAF better than Hayatou right now. You cannot compare the value that exists in this man as a leader with any other person in (African) football.

"You cannot have a gentleman with the character, dignity and value of Hayatou and just say one day that you are going to humiliate him - that he is not entitled to rule CAF any more.

"I do not agree with that. We should not be ungrateful."

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