Anouma loses first half of African election appeal

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- FIFA executive committee member Jacques Anouma has failed to get an interim ruling to become a Confederation of African Football presidential candidate against Issa Hayatou.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it rejected Anouma's provisional request because his national federation, Ivory Coast, also needed to join the case.

CAS says it will create a panel for the main hearing in Anouma's appeal.

Anouma has criticized longtime CAF leader Hayatou's "scandalous" tactics to block his election challenge at a March 10 poll in Marrakech, Morocco.

Hayatou, a FIFA vice president from Cameroon, engineered rules changes last September which allows only voting members of the CAF board to stand.

Anouma has had non-voting rights since CAF member nations elected him to his FIFA seat in 2007.