The 39th Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ordinary General Assembly will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) announced.
Ethiopia is going to host the CAF general assembly after 51 years. Over 500 participants, including CAF member states and well-known football players, are expected to attend the event.
As it coincides with the 60th anniversary of CAF, it is fitting to hold the assembly in Ethiopia, a founding member, according to a statement released for the occasion.
According to EFF, the event will allow Ethiopia to lobby CAF members in its bid to host the 2025 African Cup of Nations.
The CAF presidential elections will take place during the assembly. Issa Hayatou, who has been at the helm of CAF since 1988, is seeking an eighth term. CAF last year adopted a new rule that limits the presidency to just three four-year terms.
The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has thrown its weight behind incumbent Issa Hayatou in the race for the CAF presidency.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said his association was supporting a man with a proven track record over his main challenger, Ahmad Ahmad, who has no credentials to serve the continental body.
Musonye claimed some CECAFA members were being pressured to drop their support for Hayatou who is facing the toughest test to his long rule with FIFA President Gianni Infantino throwing his weight behind Ahmad.