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‘Africa has made an Emphatic Decision’

An excited Bility

-LFA President Musa Bility Rejoices over Hayatou’s Defeat

They had never been friends! Not once—not at a time when the two-term president of the Liberian Football Association (LFA), Musa Hassan Bility, got to know the kind of man and leader Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, who had controlled the African game as the head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for close to three decades, is.

As a result Bility and Hayatou had been like foes in the governance of African football and the LFA boss had always dreamed of the day Hayatou would be ousted as the president of the continental governing body of football—a reality that finally dawned on him.

Bility old nemesis Issa Hayatou

Hayatou’s apparent dislike of Bility influenced the six months ban he received for breaching confidentiality rules in 2013, which is subsequently responsible for Bility’s tough stance against the Cameroonian’s rule and many of CAF’s decisions he believed were not in the interest of the development of the African game. The LFA boss was also vocal against some statutes, rules and laws meant to keep Hayatou in power. CAF said Bility violated statutes relating to the use of confidential documents. The Liberian Football House was also fined US$10,000. He twice took an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but was unsuccessful.

Bility was also involved in a fight against CAF’s rule changes that effectively allowed Hayatou to be re-elected unopposed in March.

However, being a lone voice (through his advocacy) for drastic changes at CAF meant to make the game more vibrant on the continent by allowing fresh ideas at CAF, and despite initial setbacks, Bility was undeterred in his criticisms. He knew that change was on the way; and has eventually arrived.

So Bility was gratified in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, last Thursday when Madagascar Football Association president, Ahmad Ahmad, was elected the new CAF president—bringing Issa…

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