Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Issa Hayatou.

Lausanne, Switzerland – Liberian football leaders have asked sport's highest court to overturn election rules which protect Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou from challenges.

Hayatou, a Fifa vice president, has led Caf since 1987 and steered through amendments in September blocking his likely strongest opponents from challenging him next year.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered Liberia Football Association appeals against Caf statutes changes which take effect next Monday.

Cas says Liberia asks for provisional measures to block Hayatou's amendments until a full hearing is held.

The court says it has notified Caf to respond and aims to give an interim decision within days.

Cas says Liberia's FA is also appealing the African body's plans to screen candidates for other elections scheduled in March. – Sapa-AP