In many ways, this was probably the news that Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou privately dreaded.
Some 111 years on from its founding, Fifa is now being technically run by an African for the first time – news which should of course be welcomed on the continent.
But the acting Fifa president could never be accused of courting the media, preferring instead to make his distance as large as possible.
Now though, a man who is far happier in the backrooms of power has been thrust into the limelight.
For the next 90 days, while Sepp Blatter is suspended, he will be centre-stage – and