Kinteh told The Standard that any money he got from the man was purely in his private capacity and out of his friendship with the man which continues even after he had left office. Kinteh further said since he was not in the Fifa executive, he could not have had influence on that bid.

Now it is the turn of the president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Issa Hayatou, to defend himself against the newspaper allegations. 

A statement from the Confedaration of African Football (Caf) said the specific allegations against its president were “fanciful”, “ridiculous” and formed part of a “smear campaign” against him.


It added that Cameroonian Hayatou, a Fifa vice-president, categorically denied the allegations of corruption.

“Mr Hayatou will not allow journalists once again to attack his integrity and reputation,” it read. “Such allegations are meant to discredit not only him as a person but the whole continent.”

Qatar’s bid committee and Bin Hammam have always strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

The committee also rejected claims Bin Hammam actively lobbied on their behalf in the run-up to the vote in December 2010.


By Lamin Cham