New kid­ney for FIFA boss

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ACT­ING FIFA pres­i­dent Issa Hay­a­tou has un­der­gone a suc­cess­ful kid­ney trans­plant and will con­tinue lead­ing foot­ball’s world gov­ern­ing body for the fore­see­able fu­ture, the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) said yes­ter­day.

CAF pres­i­dent Hay­a­tou, who has suf­fered with kid­ney prob­lems for some time, plans to rest for few days. “I am pleased with the pos­i­tive news given by the med­i­cal per­son­nel,” CAF sec­re­tary gen­eral Hicham El Am­rani said in a state­ment.

“In the com­ing days, I will be in reg­u­lar con­tact with him and I’m glad to know that in fu­ture, he will be back on our side,”

Hay­a­tou, 69, be­came FIFA’s in­terim pres­i­dent when Sepp Blat­ter was sus­pended last month while un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the rul­ing body’s ethics com­mit­tee. Hay­a­tou, who has been a mem­ber of FIFA’s ex­ec­u­tive for the last 25 years, is the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s most se­nior vice-pres­i­dent. – Reuters

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