CAF Elections: Football enthusiasts storm Addis Ababa

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By George Aluo, Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is filled to the brim with football buffs with just one day to the CAF Election and 50th General assembly holding here in the Ethiopian capital.

Interestingly the election has been tagged the 2017 political AFCON to be played in the boardroom and not on the pitch.

Most of the hotels here in the “African capital” has been taken over by delegates from the 53 member countries.

The delegates are having a smooth entry into Addis as a special unit “visa on arrival” was created for CAF delegates at the Bole international airport. But the authorities here smiled to the banks as every delegate coughed out a 30 dollar visa fee. Immigration officials however told Daily Sunsports that the visa fee of 30 dollars was only for CAF as other visitors into Ethiopia pay 70 dollars.

Accreditation begins today at Ethiopia Sheraton hotel ahead of voting on Thursday.

Incumbent CAF president Issa Hayatou would be slugging it out with Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad in what is expected to be a tough battle.

Nigeria’s NFF president Amaju Pinnick is also contesting to be on the CAF executive committee.

The Nigerian delegation here is led by Senator Obinna Ogba.

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