Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou yesterday underwent a successful kidney transplant, and will be recovering over the next few days.

Issa Hayatou has never hidden the fact that, for several years now, he has been suffering from a renal insufficiency, a situation that has not, however, prevented him from fully performing his duties at the heart of world and African football’s governing bodies, without interruption. He will continue to fulfil his role as Acting FIFA President as intended.

“I am very pleased to have been given an encouraging report by the medical staff," said FIFA’s Acting Secretary General, Markus Kattner. "On behalf of FIFA and myself, I wish our Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou a swift recovery. I will be in regular contact with him over the next few days and will be delighted to have him back with us soon."