Angola have been chosen as the hosts of the 2010 African Cup of Nations finals.
Hayatou said Caf opted to name three hosts for better planning
The southern African country beat off the challenge of Libya, Nigeria and a joint Gabon-Equatorial Guinea bid.
Angola will become the first Portuguese-speaking nation to host the event, six months before the 2010 World Cup finals take place in South Africa.
The Confederation of African Football announced Gabon & Equatorial Guinea will jointly stage the tournament in 2012, while Libya will host it in 2014.
Monday's decision marks the first time that Caf has named hosts for three successive tournaments at the same time.
Nigeria, the only country to lose out in Caf's new arrangement, has been selected as a reserve candidate should any of the hosts be unable to stage the competition.
Caf general secretary Mustapha Fahmy also said they would back Nigeria to stage the 2009 Under-17 World Championship should they declare their interest in doing so.
"We have taken this decision to name all the Nations Cup hosts at the same time to ensure that our hosts have adequate time to prepare for the competitions," Fahmy told BBC Sport.
"We also wanted to develop the game in countries that have not had the chance of hosting the tournament.
"It was also important for our sponsors, so that they have a clear idea of what Caf is doing with its competitions over the next few years."