In this April 8, 2015 file photo, President of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, announces that Gabon will be hosting the 2017 African Cup of Nations at a meeting of the confederation's executive committee, in Cairo, Egypt. The son of a sultan from northern Cameroon, Issa Hayatou has ruled African soccer for 27 years and counting, a decade longer than Sepp Blatter has been in charge of FIFA.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar,File)

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The son of a sultan from northern Cameroon, Issa Hayatou has ruled African soccer for 27 years and counting, a decade longer than Sepp Blatter has been in charge of FIFA.

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