Shocked, thrilled and shamed. This was what struck the African delegates at the FIFA extra ordinary congress on Friday, February 26, 2016 when Gianni Infantino beat Sheikh Salman to win the FIFA presidency.
Prior to the congress, CAF openly state that they have agreed to back Sheikh Salman, something that shocked and created debate around the whole world.
But with their candidate losing the election, isn't it proper to come public to bury their heads in their shoulders and congratulate the former EUFA secretary for beating their candidate.
Well, this is what the CAF president has done. He was forced to painfully accept defeat before, during and after the congress to issue an open letter on behalf of Africa.
In his letter dated Saturday, 27 February 2016, CAF President Issa Hayatou on behalf of the CAF Executive Committee and the African football family has congratulated Gianni Infantino on his election as FIFA President last Friday.
“We are confident that you will restore FIFA’s image backed by your career, skills, passion for football, understanding of the issues related to the future of football, and your desire to develop our sport around the four corners of the world.
“Be assured of the continued support of CAF, African members of the new FIFA Council, as well as our commitment to strengthening the excellent relationship between CAF and FIFA,” said the CAF President, who acted as interim president of FIFA in the months preceding the February 26 elections.