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CAF Ahmad Ahmad elected as Caf president ending Issa Hayatou 29 years reign

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Though he has never backed anyone publicly, it is widely thought FIFA president Gianni Infantino favored Ahmad over the old guard.

  play Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar is given a lift after being elected the president of the Confederation of African Football in Addis Ababa on Thursday. (AFP)

New order in old order out, Confederation of African Football (CAF) has a new president.

Madagascar Football Association’s president Ahmad Ahmad has been elected the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), beating long-serving Cameroonian Issa Hayatou in a decisive vote at Caf’s congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

57 yr old Ahmad garnered 34 votes against Hayatou’s 20, effectively ending Hayatou’s long reign.

play CAF former President Issa Hayatou. (Punch)

 

Issa Hayatou, who has presided over the African football since 1988, was seeking for an eighth term.
The whole exercise went smoothly and after the results were announced Ahmad was over the moon.

“"I can't talk at this time. Only one thing - I thank God, I thank my team"

We worked hard but we won. That was the first step. The second step is to develop African football"  he told BBC.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino who is in Addis Ababa witnessed the vote.

play FIFA president Gianni Infantino. (FIFA)

 

Disappointed Hayatou refused to comment on his big defect and immediately left the auditorium after the results were announced.

Hayatou was banking on his experience to win another term, while his younger opponent campaigned on an agenda of “transparency in the management” of CAF and the end of “obsolete practices”.

play Ahmad Ahmad (centre) of Madagascar is congratulated by Fifa president Gianni Infantino (2nd right) after being elected as the new president of CAF. (RFI)

 

Though he has never backed anyone publicly, it is widely thought Gianni favored Ahmad over the old guard; this is after he attended Zifa and Cosafa president Dr Philip Chiyangwa’s birthday party in February this year.

Chiyangwa is a strong supporter of Ahmad and openly campaigned against Hayatou.

Hayatou also expressed support for Gianni's challenger, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa during the FIFA presidency elections.

Ahmad will replace Hayatou on Fifa’s governing council and becomes the seventh Caf president in the body's 60-year history.

play Madagascar Football Association’s president Ahmad Ahmad. (gettyimages)
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