- Issa Hayatou congratulates new Fifa boss on his new position
- He says that Caf will support the new Fifa Boss
The head of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Issa Hayatou, has formally written to Gianni Infantino to applaud him on his win as the new president of football's world governing body Fifa.
Infantino polled 115 votes,27 more than closest rival, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa to succeed fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter, after polling, at Friday's election.
The letter from Caf congratulating Infantino seems strange as Infantino was not the favoured candidate of Caf, because Caf gave its backing to Sheikh Salman.
Despite that, Cameroon's Hayato, who had been Fifa's acting president in the lead-up to the election - sent Infantino a letter, dated 27 February 2016, congratulating him on behalf of the Caf Executive committee and 'the African football family':
The letter expressed continued support from Caf and African members of the new Fifa Council. It offered commitment from all other football bodies to help strengthen the excellent relationship between Caf and Fifa.
After his victory, Infantino promised to restore the image of Fifa, and Hayatou backed him to fulfil his pledge. He noted that Caf is confident of helping to restore Fifa's image. He added that the football body can achieve this if they are backed by Infantino’s career, skills, passion for football, his understanding of the issues related to the future of football, and his desire to develop sport around the four corners of the world.
With 54 member African confederations able to vote in the presidential election - more than any other Fifa region - Caf's support for Sheikh Salman installed the Bahranian as a favourite to win but in the lead-up to the election, some African federations confirmed they would not be following Caf's directive, including Liberia, whose FA Chairman Musa Bility claimed that 26 African FA presidents had told him they would not be voting for Sheikh Salman.